Approving Forage for Two Private Horses After the War
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ROBERT A. CAMERON.
Partially-Printed Document Signed. “Requisition for Forage for Two Private Horses,” countersigned twice by B. B. Campbell. Thibodaux, La., June 26, 1865. 7¾ x 9¾ in.
Robert Cameron (1828-1894) was an antebellum newspaper editor, Republican legislator, and Union general. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he moved with his parents to Indiana where he studied medicine at Indiana Medical College and Rush Medical College, but lost interest and purchased the Valparaiso, Indiana, Republican which he published for some years. He was a Lincoln delegate at the 1860 Republican convention at Chicago and entered the Union Army as Captain of the 9th Indiana under General George B. McClellan. Cameron was successively lieutenant and lieutenant colonel and fought at New Madrid, Island No. 10, and Memphis, Tennessee. He was promoted colonel of the 34th Indiana and led the regiment at Vicksburg. In August 1863, he was named brigadier general. He was division commander in the XIII Corps during the ill-fated Red River Expedition of 1864, and briefly of the entire Corps itself. He was later named commander at Thibodaux, Louisiana, in the Department of the Gulf, and in March, 1865, was brevetted major general. After the war, he settled in the West and established the Union Colony, now known as Greeley, Colorado, and Fountain Colony, which became Colorado Springs.