Thomas T. Fauntleroy
Fought Indians with Kit Carson, led Dept. of New Mexico 1859-61, commanded Provisional Army of Virginia May 1861, declined Confederate commission
Description: (1796-1883) Fauquier, Virginia lawyer & state legislator, US Army officer, briefly a Virginia officer at the start of the Civil War, declined a commission as a CSA brigadier general.
At 17, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the War of 1812. After the war, he practiced law in Warrenton, Va., elected to the state House of Delegates from Fauquier County in 1823.
Commissioned major of dragoons, he served in the 2nd Seminole War. Detached from Taylor’s main force in 1835, he held Native Americans in check on the Texas frontier. Promoted to lieut. colonel, 2nd Regiment of Dragoons 1846, joined Taylor in the Mexican-American War at the Rio Grande, later led Scott’s cavalry in the Mexico City campaign. In 1849 he led the 1st Regiment of Dragoons on Texas frontier duty, commanded the Post at Mission San Diego de Alcala in California, promoted to colonel 1850, then commanded Fort Vancouver, Oregon Territory. During winter 1854–1855, Col. Fauntleroy fought Utes in the Rocky Mountains and led another mid-winter campaign against the Apache in New Mexico 1858, several expeditions with scout Kit Carson. He led the Dept. of New Mexico 1859–1861.
After Fort Sumter and Virginia’s April 1861 secession, he resigned his US Army commission in May and returned to Virginia. Governor Letcher appointed him brigadier general of the Provisional Army of Virginia, however, in May, the CSA Army was organized and the Provisional Army of Virginia merged into it. Fauntleroy refused a CSA commission, despite General Samuel Cooper’s offering such on July 9, 1861, and was relieved of that rank on his request on August 25, having never held Confederate rank. After the war, he lived in Winchester.
Rare clipped 2 x 4 ½ May-August 1861 signature as Brigadier General commanding the Provisional Army of Virginia
Condition: Good, mount remnant left side verso, some blotting to ink in name and rank