Wounded and captured at Winchester, Va. losing his left arm as a result and at Chancellorsville his left foot was torn off by an artillery shell!
Governor of Louisiana
(1834-1912) Born at Donaldsonville, Louisiana, he graduated in the West Point class of 1855. He studied law at the University of Louisiana, now Tulane University, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Napoleonville. At the outbreak of the War Between the States, he entered the Confederate Army as captain of the "Phoenix Guards," but was soon elected lieutenant colonel of the 8th Louisiana Infantry. He fought with the regiment at the 1st battle of Manassas, and in Stonewall Jackson's Shenandoah Valley campaign, and was wounded and captured at Winchester. He lost his left arm as a result of this wound; and at Chancellorsville, his left foot was torn off by an artillery shell. Having been promoted to brigadier general, on October 14, 1862, he commanded one of the Louisiana Brigades at Chancellorsville. Unfit for further field command, he was appointed commander of the post at Lynchburg, Va. He was later put in charge of the volunteer and conscript bureau of the Trans-Mississippi Department, a post he held for the remainder of the war. After the war, Nicholls returned to his law practice, and he later served as Governor of Louisiana, 1877-80, and 1888-92. He was chairman of the Louisiana Constitutional Convention of 1879, and returned the state Capitol from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. He also accepted an appointment from President Grover Cleveland to serve on the Board of Visitors for the U.S. Military Academy. Nicholls became Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1892, a post which he held until 1911. He also grew sugar cane and other crops on his Ridgefield Plantation near Thibodaux.
Document Signed: 15 1/2 x 13 1/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink.
To His Excellency, Francis T. Nicholls, President of the Funding Board: Herewith please find submitted the following obligations of the State which wish exchanged for New Consolidated Bonds, under the provisions of Act. No. 3, of 1874, Funding Bill. Itemized list of bonds with quantity, denomination, rate of interest, etc. Dated at New Orleans, July 31, 1877. Approved: Francis T. Nicholls, President. Rec'd of Thos. H. Hunt, Twenty Five hund. & Sixty Three & 33// Dolls. in Old Bonds to be exchd. under Act 3 of 1874. Rec'd one hund. & Eight & 50// Dolls. in Certificate fundable at par, N.O., Augt. 8/77. The document has also been signed by Tho. H. Hunt, New Orleans, La. Light staining, fold wear, and a couple of paper chips at the edges. Some archival tape repair on the folds on the reverse. Very large, nice signature of Nicholls.