Hey that is a lot better, with the information that could be L.E Houston I just know that last tallest letter is a T I think from the crossing of the other one. Thanks for sharing.
Yes I noticed that, if you are not looking closely one would think it is a mark through but also the last part that looks like a mark kind of turns upward as in an N. Also looking to see if L. E. Houston was ever over state troops. If nothing else it has been fun trying to figure this one out.It looks like the first letter may be an H. Look at the inverted one at the bottom left of the image, below the thumb. Add to that how the last bit seems topped by the cross stroke over a T, you get "H...t..". So, I think your guess was right from the get go.
Maybe the doodle was wishful thinking on part of the artist. Do we know if the person who wrote the letter also made the doodle? Was there a relationship between the writer and Houston?Yes I noticed that, if you are not looking closely one would think it is a mark through but also the last part that looks like a mark kind of turns upward as in an N. Also looking to see if L. E. Houston was ever over state troops. If nothing else it has been fun trying to figure this one out.
If we are including Union Generals, the chap on the horse is really small and has a large nose. Now I am beginning to think it could be : Sheridan, Philip Henry ( 1831-1888).
Sheridan was successful against the Confederate General Chalmers at Booneville, Mississippi ( July 1862), when he tricked the Confederates into thinking his force of 800 men had been reinforced. Because of his actions at this battle Sheridan was promoted to Brigadier-General and ordered to the town of Rienzi, Mississippi. This also fits into the time period that the Doodle was done !!!
I have to agree, I also was looking to see if there were anymore writing to be seen in the photo that may have come from the doodler if that's a word.lolHave to disagree; it's not Sheridan.
The full quote states "General ******* on his Creature." If you look at the word "creature" the letter "T" is crossed above the shaft the same way as in the inked-out word above it. "Houston" does fit better, but again it's speculation unless we get another sample of writing from the same author with "Houston" written in it.
Here's a scan showing the right side of the letter:
The letter is from Meridian, Mississippi, written by an L. Houghton, informing Pettus that General Reuben Davis had resigned his commission as General of State Troops, and asking that L.E. Houston be appointed to the position.
hummmmm. also look at the right hand top, looks to be done with the same quill. See the loop on the G. after the J. darn.Here's another discrepancy, which may just shoot "Houston" down. Look at the first supposed letter in the inked-out word, and compare it to the letter "H" of the word "Houghton" that you can see (inverted) in the lower-left of the scanned picture. The "H" is crossed in a loop, but the loop is small and barely extends to the left. It seems to be a different look than that of the inked-out word.
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