War Between the States

Severely wounded at Port Hudson, Louisiana resulting in the amputation of his leg!

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(1826-1905) Cousin of Union General Eleazer A. Paine. Born in Chardon, Ohio. Graduated from Western Reserve University at Cleveland in 1845. Studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1848, and began a practice in Cleveland. Later formed a law practice in Milwaukee with Carl Schurz in 1857. Appointed colonel of the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry, on July 2, 1861. Paine had a most distinguished career losing a leg in 1863 during one of the assaults on Port Hudson, La. He was a paradox of a dedicated abolitionist who on one hand refused to return fugitive slaves to their masters, but on the other refused to burn Baton Rouge, La., although expressly ordered to do so by his superior, General Benjamin F. Butler. He was promoted to brigadier general on April 9, 1863, and after recuperating from his wound, he performed much valuable service, particularly during General Jubal A. Early's raid on Washington in 1864. After the war he served three terms as a radical Republican U.S. Congressman. In his last term he was chairman of the powerful committee on elections. Served as Commissioner of Patents in 1878, and in 1880 he compiled "A Treatise on the Law of Elections to Public Office." He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Document Signed: 6 3/4 x 2 3/4, imprinted check, filled out and signed in ink. Washington, D.C., Nov. 4, 1903. The Farmers & Mechanics National Bank of Georgetown. Pay to the order of Law Reporter Co., Ten and 40/100 Dollars. $10.40. Signed, H.E. Paine. Stamped endorsement on the reverse. Cut cancelled. Very fine.

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