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Autograph, General Alfred W. Ellet

 
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Signature With Rank as Commander of the Mississippi Marine Brigade

(1820-95) Brother of the celebrated engineer Charles Ellet. In 1861, he served as a captain in the 59th Illinois Infantry. The following spring when his brother was ordered by the War Department to purchase vessels and convert them into rams, Alfred was commissioned lieutenant colonel and aide-de-camp to his brother Charles. They completed their fleet at Cincinnati and steamed down the river to Memphis, defeating the Confederate fleet there on June 6, 1862, and sinking or disabling eight of the nine enemy ironclads. Charles received a mortal wound here and Alfred took over the command. With the Monarch and the Lancaster he steamed up the Yazoo River and discovered and reported the presence of the Confederate ram Arkansas. Promoted to brigadier general to rank from November 1, 1862, he was assigned to the Department of the Mississippi and placed in command of the Marine Brigade in 1863. After running the Vicksburg batteries in March 1863, Ellet was engaged for some time in moving General U.S. Grant's troops to the east bank of the Mississippi. In retaliation for information furnished to the troops of CSA General Chalmer's command, he burned Austin, Miss.

War Period Signature With Rank: 3 1/2 x 1, in ink, Alfred W. Ellet, Brig. Genl., Comdg. M.[ississippi] M.[arine] Brigade. Very fine.



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