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MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM W. BELKNAP - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/22/1871 - DOCUMENT 177244

 

WILLIAM W. BELKNAP. ALS: "Wm. W. Belknap" as Grant's Secretary of War, 1½p, front and verso, 5x7¾. Washington City, 1871 March 22. To General M.F. Force, Chairman. In full: "I accept with pleasure, your invitation to attend the Re-union of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee on April 6th & 7th. I anticipate gratification in meeting again so many of my comrades of that gallant Army." A Union Brigadier General in the Civil War, Belknap became President Grant's Secretary of War on October 25, 1869, succeeding William Tecumseh Sherman. Belknap was later charged with corruption in office, admitted receiving bribes for the appointment of Indian post-traders and resigned from the Cabinet on March 7, 1876. He was impeached by the House of Representatives and was tried by the Senate. On August 1, 1876, Belknap was acquitted on the technical ground of lack of jurisdiction because he was no longer a government official. Folds. Slightly irregular top edge. Lightly soiled. Integral leaf with docket shows soiling, tape stains, worn edges.


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MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM W. BELKNAP
Born: September 22, 1829 in Newburgh, New York
Died: October 13, 1890 in Washington, District of Columbia





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