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Commanded the 2nd New Hampshire Infantry at Gettysburg where he was wounded!


(1835-1923) Born in Hopkinton, N.H., on January 2, 1835, he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1860. Patterson opened recruiting office in Contoocook, N.H., in 1861, and raised a company of men for service in the Civil War. He was commissioned 1st lieutenant, on May 11, 1861, in Co. H, 2nd New Hampshire Infantry. He was mustered out of service on December 19, 1865, at City Point, Va., with rank of brigadier general. Civil War promotions: captain, May 23, 1862; lieutenant colonel, June 21, 1864; colonel, January 10, 1865; and brevet brigadier general, March 13, 1865, for courage in battle during the war. He was wounded in action on July 2, 1863, during the battle of Gettysburg! After the war he was a General in the New Hampshire National Guard; served in the Spanish American War; was very influential in the Grand Army of the Republic; was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1866; served as U.S. Marshal for the state from 1867 to 1886; and served as Second Auditor of the U.S. Treasury from 1889 to 1893.

Document Signed: 6 1/8 x 2 3/4, imprinted bank check, filled out and signed in ink. Washington, D.C., Dec. 9, 1892. The West End National Bank of Washington. $6.25. Signed, J.N. Patterson. Endorsements on the reverse. Typical cut cancellation. Nice bold signature.

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