GARNET WOLSELEY (1ST VISCOUNT WOLSELEY) SIGNED CARD, "G. J. Wolseley, Lt. General", 3.5 x 1.5, on an embossed card "HORSE GUARDS, WAR OFFICE.S.W.", with a partial embossed stamp "General" on left edge, by the British Field Marshal, author, favored the Confederacy during U.S. Civil War. In fine condition, with age toning and the word "England" in another hand on bottom/left edge.
Garnet Joseph Wolseley (1833-1913), elevated to 1st Viscount Wolseley in 1885 was a British soldier who fought in all of Britain's major colonial wars of the late 19th century. He lost an eye during the Crimean War, and also led troops against the Indian Mutiny, the Mahdi in Sudan, and the Zulu in the Ashanti War. He was sent to Canada in preparation for what seemed a likely war against the United States during the Trent affair of 1861. He toured the South, met the leading Confederate generals including Lee, Jackson and Longstreet, and later published a favorable account of the career of Nathan Bedford Forrest. As Commander in Chief of the British Army (1895-1900), he was responsible for the efficient system of supply for British troops fighting the Boers in South Africa. In fact, his reputation for efficiency was so great that the expression "all Sir Garnet" was used to mean "everything in good order." Wolseley was the inspiration for Gilbert & Sullivan's General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance: "He is the very model of a modern Major General."