Signed cdv of Iowa General Charles Matthies. Boldly signed on lower front mount. Trimmed and wear as shown.
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Charles Matthies was born in Bromberg, Prussia in 1824. He graduated from the University at Halle and served in the Prussian army 1847-1848, emigrating to America in 1849. Late in that year he took up residence in Burlington, Iowa and established a liquor business. Matthies had the distinction of being the first man to offer a military company to the Federal Government for service in suppressing the Rebellion. The offer was made on January 9, 1861, through Governor Kirkwood of Iowa. He served as a captain of Company D in the ninety-day First Iowa Infantry regiment until he was appointed to the lieutenant colonelcy of the Fifth Iowa on July 23, 1861. He rose to become Colonel of the regiment upon the death of Colonel Worthington. Colonel Matthies was an able and courageous leader and led the Fifth Iowa at the bloody battle of Iuka, Mississippi on September 19, 1862. He was promoted to Brigadier General on April 4, 1863, to date from the previous November 29th.
Marsh Byers refers to him as "one of the bravest, best, and most loved commanders of our army." It is also said that "he was always on kind and familiar terms with every soldier of his command, and his familiarity in no way interfered with his discipline." To his troops he was affectionately known as "old Dutchie." General Matthies expressed his reciprocal fondness for the regiment when he would say in his broken English, speaking of the regiments of this brigade: "De five Iowa is de best regiment vat is..."
Brigadier General Matthies continued to be associated with the regiment as brigade commander until he was forced to resign on account of ill health. He was wounded by a bullet in the head at Missionary Ridge on November 25, 1863. The cumulative effects of previous campaigning, hardships and his wound compelled him to resign May 16, 1864. He returned to Burlington and died there October 16, 1868. At the time of death he was a senator in the Iowa legislature.