Philadelphia: Obtained by J. Frank Knight, 1872. Framed. The letter, cdv, and button are all arranged and matted in an 11” x 12” frame. The letter is written on Howard University stationery and dated Nov. 26, 1872; it reads: “Mr. J. Frank Knight / My Dear Sir / Your kind request is just received and I am pleased to comply / Yours truly / O.O. Howard / Brig. Gen. U.S.A.” A note on the reverse of the frame reads, “Photograph and uniform button sent to great grandpa Frank Knight by General Oliver O. Howard in 1872.” All three items are in nice shape; the button is tarnished. Not examined out of the frame. Very good. Item #008580
O. O. Howard, a career officer who led a corps at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg and commanded the Army of the Tennessee during Sherman’s March to the Sea, is best known today as the Commissioner of the Freedman’s Bureau where he played a major role during the Reconstruction and was in charge of integrating freed slaves into American society. He was one of the principal campaigners to establish a theological and normal school for African-Americans. When Congress finally established such a institute in Washington, DC in 1866, he served as its first president, and the school was soon renamed Howard University in his honor.