General John Wilson Sprague (1817 – 1893) Signed Slip, "J. W. Sprague, Brig Genl,(Ohio)", 5.25 x 2.25, was an American soldier and railroad executive. He served as a general in the Union Army in the Western Theater of operations during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry at the Battle of Decatur during the Atlanta Campaign. After the war, he was a railroad executive and later co-founded the city of Tacoma, Washington, serving as its first mayor. During the Civil war he was captured in West Virginia, held as prisoner of war, and exchanged in 1862. He participated in the Vicksburg Campaign, and during the Battle of Atlanta with only a small command, he defeated an overwhelming Confederate force and saved the entire ordnance and supply trains of multiple corps (for which he received the Medal of Honor). He moved with Sherman on the March to the Sea.
Francis Harrison Pierpont (1814 –1899) Signed on the reverse, "F. H. Peirpoint, Gov. Va", called the "Father of West Virginia" was an American lawyer, politician and Governor of West Virginia during the Civil War prior to its admission into the Union. After the war, he was the Governor of Virginia during the early years of Reconstruction.
Particularly interesting is the spelling of Peirpont. The family name was originally "Pierpoint" but was changed in the 18th century by the land office at Richmond, Virginia in issuing patents for land deeded to Francis Pierpont's grandfather, John Pierpont. On the advice of lawyers, Francis Pierpont deliberately misspelled his name throughout his life to retain his grandfather's land.
“An active supporter of Abraham Lincoln, Pierpont became more involved in politics as an outspoken opponent of Virginia's secession from the Union. When Virginia seceded and entered the war, delegates from the northwestern counties of Virginia, which refused to join the Confederacy, met at the Wheeling Convention. Declaring that their elected officials had abandoned their posts, a rump government was established in Wheeling, with Pierpont as the provisional Governor. Claiming to be the legitimate government of the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, the "Restored Government" drafted a new Virginia Constitution and sent representatives to the Union Congress. The Second Wheeling Convention met on June 11, 1861, and on June 20, 1861, it unanimously elected Pierpont governor of the Restored Government of Virginia with the recognition of President Lincoln. In 1862, Pierpont attended the Loyal War Governors' Conference in Altoona, Pennsylvania, organized by Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin, which ultimately backed Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the Union war effort. Pierpont was again elected governor for a four-year term on May 28, 1863 by the legislature.” Both large, bold, ink signatures are in fine condition, with minor age toning.