MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM W. BELKNAP - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 02/04/1876 - HFSID 315362
WILLIAM W. BELKNAP
Two weeks before Congress launched the investigation which would lead
to his resignation and impeachment, the Secretary of War signed this transmittal
letter to the Attorney General.
Manuscript Letter signed: "Wm. W. Belknap" as Secretary of
War, 2 pages, 7¾x10½. War Department, Washington City, 1876
February 4. On official letterhead ""To the Honorable the Attorney
General" [Edwards Pierrepont], in full: "The reply to your letter
of August 16, 1875, requesting certain information in the case of Richard R.
Corson vs. the United States (No. 6837) now pending in the Court of Claims, I
have the honor to transmit the accompanying papers furnished by the Acting
Quartermaster General of the Army, to whom your communication was referred for
report, and to invite attention to the indorsement of that officer upon your
letter herewith returned. [Item not included] Very respectfully, your
obedient servant". William Worth Belknap (1829-1890) served bravely
and effectively in the Civil War, wounded at Shiloh, and participating in the
Battle of Corinth, the siege of Vicksburg, and Sherman's march through Georgia.
He became President Grant's Secretary of War on October 25, 1869,
succeeding William Tecumseh Sherman. Belknap was 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. Corners and edges worn and
lightly creased. Toned. Multiple mailing folds. Light surface creases. Heavy
staining on blank page. Slight staining on folds of letter. Otherwise, fine
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