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Object Name LETTER, FORM
Catalog Number 1961.034.00001
Collection CONFEDERATE MILITARY LEADERS COLLECTION
Date 1834
Scope & Content Carter Littlepage Stevenson: Notification of Appointment to West Point, March 15, 1834

Physical Appearance: March 15, 1834 - [Header] Department of War - Notification by the Secretary of War that the President has appointed Carter L[ittlepage] Stevenson of Spotsylvania, Virginia, a "Cadet in the service of the United States" to report to the Military Academy at West Point, New York. Signed, "Lewis Cass" Secretary of War. 2 pp. <<>> "Presented by Misses Sallie & Sue Gordon, of Fredericksburg, Va. - granddaughters of Carter L. Stevenson." "1834" at upper right corner.
Archival History The notification was formerly located in the MC 3 S-777b files. Stevenson's two swords are located in the sword collections (0985.13.790-.790a & 0985.13.1672-.1672a). Carter Littlepage Stevenson was born on September 21, 1817 in Caroline County, Virginia near Fredericskburg, Virginia. He graduated from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, New York on July 4, 1838 and received a commission as a 2nd Lt. in the 5th Regiment of Infantry. He received his promotion to 1st Lt. while serving in Florida in 1840. During the 1840s and 1850s, he served in Wisconsin, Mexico, Texas, Florida, and Utah. Stevenson resigned his commission on June 6, 1861 while in Utah. He entered Confederate service as a Major of Infantry in the regular army in June 1861 then received a commission as a Colonel in the Provisional Army, assigned to the 53rd Virginia Infantry, later in July. After recommendation by Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard in February 1862, Stevensonw as promoted to Brig. Gen., to rank from February 27, on March 6. He was sent to the Dept. of East Tennessee in Knoxville. He was then promoted to Maj. Gen. on October 13, to rank from October 10, 1862. He was given a division in Bragg's army but ordered to take his division to Chickasaw Bluffs, Mississippi. During spring 1863, he commanded a division in the field at Vicksburg under Gen. John C. Pemberton. In September 1863, he and his men deployed 'about' Lookout Mountain at the outskirts of Chattanooga. He participated in all of the Army of Tennessee's battles, except for Franklin, Tennessee. His division and one other were positioned on the south side of the Duck River. He commanded his division at the Battle of Bentonville. He was paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina on May 1, 1865. Postwar he returned to Caroline County, Virginia and worked as an engineer. Stevenson died on August 15, 1888 and was buried in Fredericksburg.
People Stevenson, Carter Littlepage
Search Terms United States Military Academy, West Point, New York
Subjects Cadets