1860 Autograph Souvenir of Hungarian Exile, Yale Graduate, Directing African-American Troops in the Civil War.
Joseph J. Hatlinger: A Hungarian Exile in 1860 at Yale
An autograph souvenir from Joseph J. Hatlinger, a self-proclaimed “Hungarian Exile.” During the Civil War, Hatlinger, as a first lieutenant, would direct African-Americans serving in the 36th USCT, i.e., the United States Colored Troops.
We find also this biographical snippet: “...Joseph J. Hatlinger, a native of Hungary, Europe, who had served as aid on Gen. Louis Kossuth’s staff. After coming to this country he first studied medicine in the Medical Dept. of Yale College; soon after he enlisted in the Civil War; he was soon promoted and became Capt. of a company of colored troops. He afterwards received an appointment as assistant surgeon and rendered efficient services to the close of the war. He d. in Chelsea Soldiers’ Hospital April 28, 1908.”
Hatlinger married a Cornish, New Hampshire woman, and was buried in Cornish upon his decease.
Description: 1860 Autograph Souvenir of Hungarian Exile, Yale Graduate, Directing African-American Troops in the Civil War.
Medford, Massachusetts. May 22, 1860. p. Single sheet, ruled. 4½ x 7 inches. Light creases, very good.
Ref. Bryant, The 36th Infantry United States Colored Troops in the Civil War: A History ... (2012). History of the town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with genealogical record, 1763-1910 Vol. II.