Beautiful certificate from the New York, Pittsburgh and Chicago Railway Company
dated in 1881. This historic document was printed by Homer Lee Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of a steam locomotive. This item has the signatures of the Company's President ( James S. Negley ) and Secretary ( James S. Negley, Jr. ) and Treasurer and is over 126 years old. Minor toning and some wear on left margin.
James S. Negley, soldier, born in East Liberty, Alleghany County, Pennsylvania, 26 December, 1826. He was educated at Western-university, enlisted as a private in the 1st Pennsylvania regiment in 1846, and served in most of the important engagements during the Mexican war, at the conclusion of which becoming a farmer and horticulturist. He raised a brigade of three months' volunteers at the beginning of the civil war, was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers in April, 1861, served in Alabama and Tennessee with the Army of the Ohio, and at the battle of Lavergne, 7 October, 1862, was in command, defeating the Confederates under General Richard H. Anderson and General Nathan B. Porrest. He was promoted to major-general for gallantry at Stone River, 29 November, 1862, was engaged in the Georgia campaign, and at the battle of Chickamauga, 19-20 September, 1863, held Owen's Gap. He settled in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, after the war and represented that city in congress in 1869-'75 and in 1885-'7, being elected as a Republican. He then moved to New York city.