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Major General John G. Foster Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3672

This collection includes an engraving taken in 1864 of Major General John G. Foster in a Union uniform. The collection also includes a signature clipping from Major General John G. Foster.

Dates

  • 1864

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection includes an engraving taken in 1864 of Major General John G. Foster in a Union uniform. The collection also includes a signature clipping from Major General John G. Foster.

Biographical/Historical Note

Union Major General John G. Foster (1823-1874) was born in Whitefield, New Hampshire. He attended West Point Academy, studying engineering, and served for several years in the Mexican-American War until he was awarded the post of captain to engineers that were constructing fortifications in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1860, after receiving the news of the attack on Fort Sumter, Foster gathered his troops and joined the effort against the Confederacy until the fall of the fort. After surviving numerous battles, including leading the North Carolina brigade of volunteers and aiding the newly freed slaves in the Freedmen’s Colony of Roanoke Island, Foster was assigned to command the Department of Ohio and the Army of Ohio in Tennessee (1863). The war ended and Foster wrote a book in 1869 on engineering titled Submarine Blasting in Boston Harbor and continued to write until he passed away in September of 1874 in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased from Brian and Maria Green in 2012.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480