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  • Fitzhugh tombstone at Arlington Cemetery
  • Example of Fitzhugh signature

RARE – Signed Cavalry Tactics book for General Charles Fitzhugh, 1863


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This is a truly historic item being offered, it is the signed Cavalry Tactics book belonging to General Charles L. Fitzhugh. It is the “Cavalry Tactics – Second Part, School of the Trooper, of the Platoon, and of the Squadron, Mounted”. It is followed by “Printed by Order of the War Department” and at the bottom is “Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co. 1863”. The book measures 4” x 6” x 1 1/2” and is complete and intact with 287 pages. Not counted, in the back of the book are 50 fold-out pages of regiment formations and maneuvers associated with the Cavalry. Fitzhugh signed the book twice, once inside the front cover with “Char L. Fitzhugh, U.S. Army.” and across the title page with “Fitzhugh / U.S.A.”

General Fitzhugh was appointed to the United States Military Academy in 1859 but left in September 1861 before finishing to join the Union war effort. He had some prominent classmates, i.e. Major John Pelham, General Kilpatrick, Lt. Hazlett, Colonel O’Rourke, etc. He was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the 4th United States Regular Artillery in October 1861 and served as an Aide-de-Camp to major general Don Carlos Buell during the April 1862 Shiloh Campaign.

He then led the 4th Regular Artillery's Battery C, commanding it in all the Army of the Potomac's 1864 battles and campaigns in Virginia. On December 24, 1864, he was commissioned a Colonel of Volunteers, and was given command of the 6th New York Volunteer Cavalry. His direct role with the unit, though, was nominal; he was promoted specifically to command the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division of Major General Philip Sheridan's Army of the Shenandoah. He led the brigade through to the end of the war, and briefly was in charge of the 2nd New York Provisional Cavalry (a "holding" unit for soldiers awaiting muster out) before being mustered out the volunteer service himself. On March 13, 1865, he was brevetted Brigadier General.

On January 13, 1866, President Andrew Johnson nominated Fitzhugh for appointment to the grade of brevet brigadier general of volunteers for "gallantry, energy and ability" to rank from March 13, 1865 and the United States Senate confirmed the appointment on March 12, 1866. On July 17, 1866, President Johnson nominated Fitzhugh for appointment to the grade of brevet brigadier general in the U.S. Regular Army for "gallant and meritorious services in the field during the war" to rank from March 13, 1866 and the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment on July 23, 1866. General Fitzhugh is buried in Arlington Cemetery (see pictures).

Like I said, this is truly a historic piece and very rare to find a signed tactics book by such a prominent figure. The signatures are authenticated by a signed Civil War document with the exact signature (copies included). The book shows the obvious signs of use by Fitzhugh, but in good condition for being over 150 years old. Included with the book are the service records of Fitzhugh along with copies of period photographs.

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