STONEMAN, George (1822-1894), General, U. S. Army. Autograph letter signed ("George Stoneman") to Senator Henry Wilson, 7 March 1863. 6 pp., 4to, tape along edge covering a few letters on the last page.
THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC'S COMMANDER OF CAVALRY REPORTS ON THE DIRE STATE OF HIS COMMAND. Upon taking command of the Cavalry Corps, Stoneman made a general inspection and found "a mass on my hands in far worse condition than when I left it last summer." The Corps, he tells Military Affairs committee member Henry Wilson, was "divided and subdivided, unorganized and disorganized, with neither head nor system." He hopes to rid himself of "a number of worse than useless officers...This army has ceased to be an engine with which to experiment, and to test generals, or rather to find out if they could ever become generals." Ironically, Stoneman is best remembered for his own failures, especially his raid to liberate Andersonville prison which only resulted in Stoneman and his 700-man force becoming captives themselves.
[With] -- SCHOFIELD, John M. (1831-1906), General, U. S. Army. ALS ("J. M. Schofield") to Gen. H. W. Halleck, Springfield, 3 February 1863. 4 pp., 4to, ruled paper, on stationery of Headquarters of the Army of the Frontier. A BITTER LETTER OF COMPLAINT ABOUT A COMMANDING OFFICER "I am compelled to say that I believe the interest of the service demand my removal from this command....I do not desire to impugn the motives of General Curtis," but "the fact is undeniable that his whole concern while I have been in command of this army has been calculated to prevent my accomplishing any good result. He has discouraged every advance I have made and repeatedly ordered me to fall back....We must move to the eastern part of the State...Why not do it now...A fool could not go far wrong, so plain is it what should be done." -- WHIPPLE, William D. ALS ("Wm. D. Whipple") to J. H. Wilson, Field 21 December 1864. 2 pp., 8vo, Dept. of the Cumberland stationery. Asking for information in support of Wilson's pending promotion. -- LOWE, James W. AES ("James W. Lowe") In Camp, Wayne Co., NC, 5 April 1865. Concerning the requisition of cattle. --GROOM, C. ALS ("C. Groom") to Col. Beckwith, Senaca Creek, Ms., 17 October 1862. 1 p., 4to. "Capt. Bliss is not under my command but I have enclosed your telegram to Genl. Stoneman for his actions in the case." Together 5 items. (5)