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Gen. Thomas S. Allen 2nd & 5th Wisconsin Infantry - signed check

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Dated May 1867 this check is drawn on the account of the state of Wisconsin in the amount of $100.00 and is signed by then Wisconsin Secretary of State Bvt. Brig. General Thomas S. Allen who served in the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry then as Colonel in command of the 5th Wisconsin Infantry. The check is made to Allen’s clerk Richard Lester who served as 1st Sgt.- 2nd Wis. (Sgt. Lester was wounded at Bull Run, Virginia)
Though Thomas S. Allen entered the Civil War in April 1861 as a private in the Governor’s Guards (Co. K, 1st Wis. Inf.) by the end of June he was serving as Captain of Co. I, 2nd Wisconsin which he had raised at the request of the Governor. A month later Allen led his troops at the Battle of Bull Run, then over the next several months was promoted through the ranks to Lt. Colonel. Allen led his troops into the Battle of Gainesville, where he was wounded in the neck and the wrist, but refused to leave the field. He was again wounded at the Battle of South Mountain. In January 1863 Allen was promoted to colonel of the 5th Infantry. On May 3, he commanded the regiment at the bloody attack on Marye's Heights, during the 2nd Battle of Fredericksburg. On November 7 he was wounded again, during the Battle of Rappahannock Station. When the 5th Infantry’s term of service was up in the summer of 1864, Allen volunteered to reorganize it with new recruits, and served through the end of the war. He was brevetted Brig. Gen. U.S. Volunteers. In the post-Civil War years Gen. Allen served as Wisconsin’s Secretary of State, was a driving force in the organizing of the Grand Army of the Republic in Wisconsin, and served as its commander, 1869-1870. A nice item for the autograph enthusiast or Wisconsin in the Civil War items. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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