BRACKENBURY, General Sir Henry. 15280



Autograph Letter Signed, congratulating Wilson on his new appointment. A good one page example, 7 x 4½ inches, filing hole upper left. 17A South Audley Street, 14 November 1888. An uncommon autograph. Henry Brackenbury (1837-1914) joined the British Army in 1856, served in the Central Indian Campaign in 1857–58 and the Franco-Prussian War in 1870–71. After making Wolseley’s acquaintance, Brackenbury offered to join his Ashanti Campaign (1873–74) at which time he became part of the Wolseley ring, and later acted as his military secretary in the Zulu War of 1879–80. Wolseley thought highly of his talents and helped advance his career. However, Brackenbury was unpopular with other colleagues and with Lady Wolseley. He became Private Secretary to the Viceroy of India in 1880, acted as British Military attaché in Paris between 1881 and 1882, and then became assistant Under-Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. He had a senior role in the River Column in Egypt in 1884–85. His books included Narrative of the Ashantee War (2 vol.) 1874, and The River Column, 1885.