Medal of Honor-winning Union general remembered as the lieutenant colonel of the 37th Illinois Infantry Regiment led his troops into the Battle of Prairie Grove; he was later a Congressman and president of the U.S. Civil Service Commission (1903-13). ALS, 1p, 8" X 10½", Danville, IL, 1884 September 13. Addressed to Captain A.J. Harding. Very good. Binding traces along left margin, not affecting contents. Item #40466
On letterhead of "The National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers," Black thanks Harding for "your words of courtesy" and regrets his tardiness in replying to some unknown request. "I have a very warm regard for the Commander, Sheridan, with whom I held personal communion in the Army & who strenuously objected to my resigning; but at 26 & after 4½ yrs of wars alarms & hard knocks peace & my northern home were too alluring...." Black had resigned his military commission in August 1865. He also notes, "I notice the names of many comrades on your list -- Greetings & regards to them all...." Fine content. Comes with a small (3" X 4½") book illustration portrait of Black.