Wade, James Franklin

Son of Ohio Radical Republican Senator Benj. F. Wade, led African-American"buffalo soldier" regiments in West 1864-87, as Major General US Vols, supervised 1898 Spanish evacuation of Cuba & Puerto Rico

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(1843-1921) Ohio-born Major General, US Army (Vols.) in Spanish-American War. Son of Ohio Radical Republican Senator Benjamin F. Wade, harsh critic of Presidents Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Served as Lt., Ohio 6th Cavalry from June 1861, breveted Captain for gallant and meritorious service at Beverly Ford during the Battle of Brandy Station. He was breveted Lt. Col., 6th US Colored Cavalry on May 1, 1864 marking the start of a 23-year career commanding African-American cavalrymen. On Sept. 19, 1864, he was promoted to Colonel commanding the regiment. He was breveted Major in 1864 for gallant and meritorious service at East Marion, Tenn. He received further brevets to Lieut. Col. and Col. March 13, 1865, and to Brig. Genl. Vols. Feb. 13, 1865 for gallant service in the SW Virginia campaign. In 1866, he was promoted to Major, 9th US Cavalry, one of the "buffalo soldier" regiments later famous for their frontier service. He was promoted to Lieut. Col., 10th US Cavalry 1879. He left the "buffalo soldiers" when promoted to Col., 5th US Cavalry in 1887, commanding this regiment for 10 years, promoted to Brig. Genl. US Army 1897. Wade was promoted to Maj. Genl. Vols. 1898 and took command of the 3rd Army at Camp Thomas, Georgia. Following the August armistice, he became a member of the Cuban Evacuation Committee to oversee removal of Spanish forces from Cuba and Puerto Rico. He then returned to his Regular Army rank in command of the Dept. of Dakota. In 1901 he was given command of the Dept. of Southern Luzon, the Philippines, and in 1903 was promoted to Maj. Genl., US Army, commanding the Division of the Philippines. In 1904 he became commander of the Division of the Atlantic at Fort Jay, Governors Island, NY. His final posting was to command all Army posts and activity east of the Mississippi River, serving to his 1907 retirement. 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 card signed J. F. Wade, Major Genl Vols; undated but ca. 1898.

Condition: Very good, faint toning to left edge
Type:Signed Card






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