Signed cdv of Medal of Honor recipient General Manning Force. Signed on the back in period ink- "With regards of M. F. Force Brevet Major Gen. U. S. Vols."
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Force, Manning F., brigadier-general, was born in Washington D. C., Dec. 17, 1824. He was graduated at Harvard in 1845 and from the Harvard law school in 1848, moved to Ohio in 1849 and began the practice of law in Cincinnati in that year. At the beginning of the Civil war, he joined the Union army as major of the 20th Ohio volunteers was promoted, lieutenant-colonel Sept. 11, 1861, and served with Grant at Fort Donelson and Shiloh. He was promoted colonel of his regiment May 1, 1862, served with Gen. Grant in the campaign of southwestern Tennessee and North Mississippi in 1862-63, and on Aug. 11, 1863, was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers for service at the siege of Vicksburg. In the Meridian and Atlanta campaigns and the march to the sea he commanded a brigade in Sherman's army, and in the campaign of the Carolinas he commanded a division. For special gallantry before Atlanta, where he was severely wounded he was brevetted major-general of volunteers, March 13, 1865, and subsequently commanded a military district in Mississippi until mustered out in Jan 1866. For his services at Atlanta, he was also awarded a medal of honor by Congress, May 31, 1892. After the war Gen. Force was judge of the court of common pleas at Cincinnati, 1867-77, of the superior court, 1877-87, and then superintendent until 1899 of the soldiers, home at Sandusky, Ohio. He was the author of numerous historical and biographical works on the civil war, and a member of various learned societies. He died at Soldiers, Home in Sandusky, Ohio, May 8, 1899.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 8