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(1830-1914) Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, he graduated in the West Point class of 1852, and served mainly on the northwestern frontier. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was sent to St. Louis where he was appointed assistant commissary. Afterwards he served as chief commissary of the District of Southwest Missouri, inspecting commissary of the Department of Missouri, chief commissary of the XIII Corps, and chief commissary of the Army of the Tennessee where he served under General U.S. Grant in the battle of Shiloh. He was promoted to rank of brigadier general, on April 13, 1863, and was assigned command of a brigade of negro troops, and was also appointed commander of the District of Northeastern Louisiana. In February 1864, he was in garrison at Vicksburg commanding a negro division which he later led during the siege and capture of Mobile, Ala., earning the brevet of major general for gallantry during the campaign. He was mustered out of the volunteer service on February 1, 1866. He was the brother-in-law of General Edward R.S. Canby.
Signature With Rank: 4 7/8 x 1 1/2, in ink, John P. Hawkins, Brigadier & Bvt. Maj. Genl. Vols. Light age toning. Very fine.