Maxwell Van Zandt Woodhull was the son of a U.S. Navy captain who was killed in the Civil War. He was appointed Captain and aide-de-camp to General Robert C. Schenk on March 11, 1863. The following year he was named aide-de-camp to General Lew Wallace, and was then appointed major and Assistant...
Maxwell Van Zandt Woodhull was the son of a U.S. Navy captain who was killed in the Civil War. He was appointed Captain and aide-de-camp to General Robert C. Schenk on March 11, 1863. The following year he was named aide-de-camp to General Lew Wallace, and was then appointed major and Assistant Adjutant General. He ended up as a brevet general and Assistant Adjutant General of the 15th Corps of the Army of the Tennessee, the army of General William T. Sherman, meaning that Woodhull was an adjutant for Sherman during the Carolina campaign to the end of the war.
Woodhull wrote “West Point in Our Next War: The Only Way to Create and Maintain an Army” in 1915. He was also a trustee of George Washington University and influenced the University Board to move their primary offices from the central business district to a rented building at 2023 G Street. The next year they purchased the building at 2023 and began renting and purchasing others in the immediate area surrounding the Woodhull House. The university used the buildings surrounding Woodhull’s as a starting point in relocating the center of campus to the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, and greatly developed the immediate area.
Document signed, as President, Washington, April 9, 1863, effective retroactively to March 11, 1863, an ornate, vignetted commission, with an eagle, cannons and flags, being the very document mentioned above appointing Woodhull “Aide-de-camp with the rank pf Captain.” The document is countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. Though the filled in text is somewhat light, the signature is strong and the document in very good condition.
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