SHERMAN, William T. (1820-1891). Autograph letter signed (''W. T. Sherman'') to (Judson?) Bingham, New York, 21 July 1889. 1 page, 4to, laid down on back of an engraved portrait of Sherman by A. H. Ritchie.
SHERMAN, William T. (1820-1891). Autograph letter signed ("W. T. Sherman") to (Judson?) Bingham, New York, 21 July 1889. 1 page, 4to, laid down on back of an engraved portrait of Sherman by A. H. Ritchie.
SHERMAN INSPECTS THE NEW WESTERN MILITARY POSTS AT FORTS RILEY, LOGAN, AND LEAVENWORTH. "I thank you for your letter of the 12th with map of Fort Sheridan," Sherman writes. "I saw the new posts at Logan, Riley and Leavenworth, all good and a large improvement on the old putting cannon in our day. I got back this morning, found a large mass of accumulated mail and must dispatch it--best love to Mrs. Bingham." Five years into his retirement, and just two years before his death, the last of the great Civil War generals kept up an energetic pace of travel, commemorative dinners, and, in this instance, military inspections. These three forts were crucial outposts in the Indian Wars of the second half of the 19th century, and all three underwent serial renovations over the years. Sherman himself, while general in chief of the army, made one of the most significant additions to Leavenworth, creating the School of Application for Cavalry and Infantry, which later evolved into the Command and General Staff College, the training ground for the nation's top commanders.