Signed cdv of Joseph Sladen, 17th US Infantry, MOH, & book "Making Peace with Cochise."
Cdv is boldly signed "Your friend Joseph A. Sladen 2nd Lieut 17th U.S. Infty"
Image taken by Alexander Gardner in Washington, D.C. and is so backmarked.
Book has usual wear, cdv is in very fine condition.
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"Major Joseph A. Sladen, U. S. Army, retired, who died at Portland, Oreg., on January 25, was a medal of honor man, and had also received three brevels for his services in the civil war. He was born in England on April 9, 1841, and enlisted in the 33d Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. For most distinguished gallantry in the battle of Itesaca, he was given a medal of honor. Private Sladen voluntarily engaged in the action at a critical juncture, and by the coolness and courage of his example inspired the panic-stricken troops to repel the fierce assaults of the enemy. On November 23, 1864, he was appointed a second lieutenant in the 15th U. S. colored volunteer infantry. He was brevetted first lieutenant of volunteers on March 13, 1865, for gallant and meritorious conduct during the Atlanta and Carolina campaigns, and first lieutenant and captain in the Regular Army on March 2, 1867, for gallant and meritorious service in the battle of Jonesboro, Ga. He was promoted to first lieutenant on October 24, 1865, and was mustered out of the volunteer service on March 26, 1866, being appointed a second lieutenant in the 17th infantry in the regular service the following day.
In the fall of that year he was transferred to the 26th infantry, and was made a first lieutenant in 1867, being assigned to the 14th infantry in 1870. Major Sladen took part in a number of Indian campaigns, serving in Mexico and Arizona in 1872, and was also in the Nez Perce war in 1877, and in the Bannock war in 1878. He served as quartermaster of his regiment from July 25, 1887, until June 15, 1888, when he was made a captain. He was placed on the retired list on April 8, 1899, because of the loss of his right leg from an injury in the line of duty. Two years ago Congress gave him the rank of major. A son, Captain Fred W. Sladen, 14th infantry, has been appointed commandant of cadets at West Point."
Cochise was a name that struck terror in hearts across the Southwest. Yet in the autumn of 1872, Brigadier General Oliver O. Howard and his aid-de-camp, Lieutenant Joseph Alton Sladen, entered Arizona's rocky Dragoon Mountains in search of the elusive Chiricahua Apache chief.
Accompanied only by a guide and two Apache scouts, they sought to convince Cochise that the bloody fighting between his people and the Americans must stop. Cochise had already reached that conclusion, but he had found no American official he could trust.
Sladen, Howard's devoted aide, maintained a journal during their two-month quest from Fort Tularosa, New Mexico, to Cochise's stronghold. Joseph Sladen's journal enriched by Edwin R. Sweeney's introduction, epilogue, and lively notes is a unique source on Chiricahua lifeways and an engrossing tale of travel and adventure..."