Signature With Rank
(1814-85) Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he graduated from West Point in 1836. He fought in the Seminole War, on the frontier, and earned two brevets in the Mexican War, at Monterey and Buena Vista. During the Civil War he served as Chief Quartermaster, of the Department of New Mexico; the Middle Department; and the Department of the Cumberland. He was promoted to brevet brigadier, September 17, 1864, for distinguished and important service terminating in the capture of Atlanta, Ga.; and brevet major general, March 13, 1865, for faithful and meritorious service in the Quartermaster's Department during the Civil War. He remained in the U.S. Army after the war, retiring in 1869.
Signature With Rank: 3 1/2 x 1, in ink, J.L. Donaldson, Bvt. Maj. Genl., U.S.A. Some wear and staining.