His troops killed the legendary Confederate General John Hunt Morgan
(1830-75) He graduated in the West Point class of 1851 and served against the Florida Seminoles and on the frontier of Texas. During the Civil War he served at the battles of Mill Springs, Ky., and Shiloh, Tenn. In May 1862, he became colonel of the 10th Tennessee Union Infantry and at the insistance of Andrew Johnson, Gillem was appointed brigadier general of volunteers to rank from August 17, 1863. In 1864, it was his troops that killed the celebrated Confederate guerrilla, General John Hunt Morgan. He later served under General George Stoneman in western North Carolina, commanding a cavalry division. In January 1865, he was vice president of the Tennessee convention and in April became a member of the state legislature.
Signature With Rank: Partial document signed in ink sent to the head of the U.S. Quartermaster General's Office, Major General Thomas S. Jessup. Sir- I have the honor to enclose to you my Quartermaster papers for the month of January 1852. To Maj. Genl. T.S. Jessup, Quarter Master Genl, U.S.A. Very Respectfully, Your obt. Servant, A.C. Gillem, Lt. & A.A.Q.M. Docket on the reverse: 161. Lieut. A.C. Gillem, Fort Meade, Feb. 10/52. Recd. Feb. 28/52. 7 3/4 x 6 1/2. Light wear and staining at the fold at left edge. Very desirable Union General's signature with his connection to the killing of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan!
The recipient of this document, Major General Thomas Sidney Jesup, was a United States Army officer known as the "Father of the Modern Quartermaster Corps." His 52 year military career was one of the longest in the history of the U.S. Army.
Fort Meade, Florida, where this document originated from, is the oldest city in Polk County, Florida dating its origins to 1849 when it was established along a new military road from Fort Brooke to Fort Pierce following the 2nd Seminole War. The town and road were originally sited by then Lieutenant George G. Meade of the U.S. Corps of Topographical Engineers, whose commander named it for him. Meade went on to become a famous Union Major General during the Civil War defeating Confederate General Robert E. Lee during the epic 3 day battle of Gettysburg, July 1,2,3, 1863. Confederate General Stonewall Jackson was stationed at the fort in 1851. The town was burned by Union forces in 1864.