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STEWART, S. F. (Chairman)
CIVIL WAR] [JOHN BASIL TURCHIN] Petition to the Secretary of War by the Historical Committee of Turchin's Brigade
Historical Committee of Turchin's Brigade, Evanston, IL, 1911. Tall quarto, 104pp. (rectos only), plus maps. In good condition only in the original string-sewn binding (bound at the top edge). Corner creases, some dust-soiling to front wrap, and loss to the last (blank) leaf. Mimeographed typescript petition authored by the Historical Committee of Turchin's Brigade, addressed to Secretary of War William Howard Taft. The petition argues in robust detail that it was the outfit of Union Brigadier General John Basil Turchin that captured "De Long Point" on Nov. 25, 1863, which was a hinge point in the battle of Missionary Ridge. That battlefield, which was by this time part of the Chattanooga National Park Commission, had markers which credited that campaign to the 2nd Minnesota. Several maps in rear, with a few ink notations, bolster the claim made by the petitioners. John Basil Turchin was a Russian immigrant with a military background who made his new life in Chicago. After volunteering to fight in the Civil War, he soon moved up the ranks to Brigadier General. While he was celebrated in the Union for his military efforts, Turchin was vilified in the south long after the war due to his outspoken hatred of slavery, and for some alleged mistreatment of civilians during his time in command of occupation troops in northern Alabama in 1862. Turchin was indeed court-martialed, but this incident did not derail his career. The argument over which division secured De Long Point at Missionary Ridge was a long and bitterly fought one - one that has faded since the death of its witnesse … [Click Below for Full Description]
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