Civil War General and Later U.S. Commissioner of Patents Explains Troop Delays
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MORTIMER D. LEGGETT.
Autograph Letter Signed as Brig Gen. to Colonel W.T. Clark, A.A.G. Canton, [Mississippi], Headquarters 3d Division 17th Army Corps, [Army of the Tennessee] February 28, 1864. An explanation on delays in troop backup.
“The order detailing the balance of 2d Brig will be complied with as soon as possible- but as one regiment is destroying Railroad and another out as guard to a forage train-a little delay will be necessary...”
According to “Who Was Who in the Union,” Leggett commanded two brigades during the Vicksburg operations, and under Sherman led a division through the Atlanta, Savannah and Carolinas campaigns. A feature of the battlefield at Atlanta was named Leggett’s Hill due to his “stern defense of the position in the face of Hood’s assaults.” He later served as United States Commissioner of Patents, and was “active in the new field of electricity.”
At the time this was written, Leggett’s army was engaged in skirmishing with Confederate forces around Canton.