War Period Signature With Rank
(1829-81) Born in Nashua, N.H., he studied law, practicing first in Galena, Illinois, and later in Toledo, Ohio, where he became a partner of future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, M.R. Waite. He was appointed lieutenant colonel of the 14th Ohio Infantry on April 24, 1861, and became their colonel on November 20, 1862. The regiment fought at Philippi, Laurel Hill and Corrick's Ford in (West) Virginia and later in the battle of Mill Springs, Ky. He took part in the Tullahoma campaign, and commanded a brigade in the 14th Corps throughout the Atlanta campaign and subsequent March to the Sea under General William T. Sherman. At Jonesboro, Ga., his horse was shot out from under him and he was wounded. He received special commendation of his division commander, General Absalom Baird for having made as gallant a charge as ever was made, losing 346 men of his brigade. He saw action with Sherman's army during the 1865 Carolina's campaign and was promoted to full brigadier general. He resigned from the army on December 4, 1865. After the war he returned to the practice of the law.
War Period Signature With Rank: 5 1/2 x 1 1/2, in ink, Geo. P. Este, Lt. Col. Comdg., 14 Ohio Vols. Light age toning. Very fine 1861-62 signature.