This listing is for an original circular questionnaire for "General Cullum's Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, " which has been completed in the hand of Civil War hero James Harrison Wilson. The document is two pages, each with a front and back. Wilson's hand-written responses comprise three of the four pages. This document covers Wilson's service since 1890, and it was completed while he was serving in Cuba for the Spanish-American War, his earlier Civil War service already having been recorded and printed in an earlier version of the publication. James Harrison Wilson's name appears in full at the top of one of the pages.
The document also notes the military service of Wilson's father in the War of 1812 and his grandfather in the American Revolution. This document is in fantastic condition with original mailing folds but no tears.Wilson's name and responses are in bold, clear, black ink. An editor's work also appears prevalently in blue pencil as this was a working document. Please see photos, which show all pages of the document. Major General James Harrison Wilson was born in 1837, and he entered West Point in 1856.
Upon graduating, he served at Fort Vancouver in Oregon before returning east to join the Civil War. Assigned to Flag Officer Samuel F. Du Pont and Brigadier General Thomas Sherman's expedition against Port Royal, SC. In 1862, he joined the staff of Major General George B.
Serving as an aide-de-camp, he saw action during the Union victories at South Mountain and Antietam that September before being ordered to serve as chief topographical engineer in Major General Ulysses S. Grant's Army of Tennessee. He aided Grant's efforts to capture the Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg, MS. In 1864, leading a cavalry corps at the Battle of Franklin, TN, on November 30, he played a key role when his men repulsed an attempt to turn the Union left by noted Confederate cavalryman Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Then, in the second day of fighting at the Battle of Nashville, Wilson delivered a blow against Lieutenant General John B. Hood's left flank and then pursued the enemy after they retreated from the field. As part of an operation to capture fleeing Confederate officials at the end of hostilities, Wilson's men succeeded in capturing Confederate President Jefferson Davis on May 10, 1865.Later that month, Wilson's cavalry arrested Major Henry Wirz, commandant of the infamous Andersonville prisoner of war camp. With the beginning of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Wilson sought to return to military service. In 1900, he volunteered for the China Relief Expedition and crossed the Pacific to combat the Boxer Rebellion.
He retired in 1901 and represented President Theodore Roosevelt at the coronation of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom the following year. This is a great opportunity to own a hand-written document from a sincere, storied, American military hero at a reasonable price. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Documents". The seller is "rws5945" and is located in this country: US.This item can be shipped to United States.