War Date Autograph Letter Signed
(1819-1873) From the age of 16 he had been a militia lieutenant and with the outbreak of war with Mexico, he was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry, and took part in General Winfield Scott's advance from Vera Cruz to Mexico City. In the interval between the close of the Mexican War and start of the Civil War, Geary organized the post office system in California, served as the 1st mayor of San Francisco, and for several months was the territorial Governor of Kansas. On June 28, 1861, he was appointed Colonel of the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry and joined the command of General N. P. Banks at Harpers Ferry. He distinguished himself in several engagements and was wounded at Bolivar Heights, captured Leesburg in March 1862, was twice wounded at Cedar Mountain, and returned to action in time to command a division of the 12th Corps at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Later transferred to the western army, he fought at Chattanooga, the Atlanta campaign and took part in General Sherman's celebrated March to the Sea. After the capture of Savannah, Ga., Geary was appointed it's military governor. His post war career saw him elected Governor of Pennsylvania in 1866, serving two terms.
War Date Autograph Letter Signed: 7 5/8 x 9 3/4, in ink.
Head Quarters, 28th Regt. P.V.
Point of Rocks, Md.
December 4, 1861
S.R. Hilt, Esq.
I am in receipt of your three letters relative to your son. As yet there has been no promotion in the Regiment. All that are to be made must from necessity of prescribed regulation undergo strict military examination, and the candidates can only receive a commission as an officer to fill a vacancy after passing successfully. This order is strictly enjoined by the Major General Commanding. I will notify David to prepare for the ordeal if anything can be done for him. If his advancement proves successful I would be pleased to announce it to you.
Yours very respectfully,
Jno. W. Geary
Col. 28th Regt. P.V.
Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Very nice early Civil War letter written by then Colonel John W. Geary to a Pennsylvania friend.
Mr. Hiltís son David was a private in Colonel Gearyís 28th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.