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JAMES R. TANNER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/05/1896 - HFSID 17306

JAMES R. TANNER As New York commander of the GAR, the veterans' advocate seeks confirmation of a claim of military service Autograph Letter signed: "James R. Tanner", 2 pages (front and verso), 5¾x9. Washington, D.C., 1896 February 5. On his attorney letterhead to

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JAMES R. TANNER
As New York commander of the GAR, the veterans' advocate seeks confirmation of a claim of military service
Autograph Letter signed: "James R. Tanner", 2 pages (front and verso), 5¾x9. Washington, D.C., 1896 February 5. On his attorney letterhead to "Mr. Elkanah Doolittle", in full: "Dear Comrade, [a form of address used by members of the Grand Army of the Republic] I have just received a communication from Jos. Berwick of So. Wales Australia in which he says you can furnish some information as to his serving under the name of Geo. Henderson in 3rd R.I. Cav. Please advise me whether you can make an affidavit showing that he is the identical person who served as above. Any information will be thankfully received. Very truly yours". James R. Tanner (1844-1927) served in the 87th New York Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, fighting in the Peninsula campaign and losing both legs at the Second Battle of Bull Run (1862). Learning stenography, he secured employment at the War Department, and was present as stenographer at President Lincoln's death bed. Tanner secured a law degree, and was active in the powerful Union veterans' organization, the Grand Army of the Republic. He became commander of the New York GAR in 1884, pressing for veterans services including two new veterans' homes: one in New York and the other for Confederate veterans in Richmond. Having campaigned vigorously for the election of President Harrison in 1888, he was appointed Commissioner of Pensions in March 1889. He was obliged to resign in September, however, having vastly overspent his budget in an effort to "treat the boys liberally." Returning to private practice, he specialized in veterans' claims. President Roosevelt appointed him D.C. Register of Wills in 1904, and he became National Commander of the GAR in 1905. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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