AMASA COBB SIGNED CUT SIGNATURE, "Amasa Cobb, Late 5th Rgt. W. V., Mineral Point, Wis.", 5.5 x 3, large ink signature of Union Brevet General in U.S. Civil War, Mayor Lincoln, NB, and U.S. Civil War Congressman. In fine condition.
Amasa Cobb (1823 – 1905) was an American Wisconsin politician and an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. After serving in the Mexican-American War he passed the bar and set up his law practice in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. At the outset of the Civil War, on July 12, 1861, he joined the Union army as Colonel of the 5th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, serving in the Army of the Potomac in several campaigns and battles, most notably the Battle of Antietam and the Battle of Fredericksburg. In the fall of 1862 he was elected to the 38th Congress. Despite being a sitting Representative in the United States House of Representatives, he resumed his military career on September 29, 1864 and soon fought off an attack by Confederates led by Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest at the Battle of Johnsonville. President Andrew Johnson nominated Cobb for appointment to the grade of brevet brigadier general of volunteers to rank from March 13, 1865 for his distinguished services at the Battles of Williamsburg, Golding's Farm, Seven Days Battles and Antietam. In 1871, Cobb moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he started to practice law again. He was appointed mayor of Lincoln in 1873, and then years later he served as Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court (1888-1892).