War Date Endorsement Signed
(1822-1905) Graduated from West Point in 1842 and fought in the Mexican War. At the battle of Cerro Gordo he was so severely wounded that he was left for dead until picked up by a burial detail 36 hours later. On October 2, 1861, he was appointed colonel of the 1st Minnesota Infantry, which he commanded at the battle of Balls Bluff, Va. In the spring of 1862, now a brigadier general, he commanded a brigade in the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. At the battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862, he was very severely wounded which left him incapacitated for several months. Promoted to major general to rank from November 29, 1862, he successively commanded the defenses of Philadelphia, the operations at Brazos Santiago Pass on the Texas Gulf Coast, the 13th Corps, and various districts along the Mississippi River. In December 1864, he was given command of the Department of the Mississippi, which he held until the end of the war.
War Date Endorsement Signed: 3 1/2 x 2 1/2, in ink, Head Quarters U.S. Forces, Matagorda Bay, Feb. 2, 1864. Approved, other articles will be disposed of as recommended in this report. N.J.T. Dana, Maj. Genl. Light age toning.