MAJOR GENERAL JAMES BARNET FRY - AUTOGRAPH 04/27/1865 - HFSID 254395
JAMES B. FRY His signature as Provost Marshal General, obtained the day after the Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth was killed resisting arrest by federal troops. Signature: "James B. Fry/Pro. Marl. Genl. U.S./April 27, 1865, 4¼x3¼.
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JAMES B. FRY
His signature as Provost Marshal General, obtained the day after the Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth was killed resisting arrest by federal troops.
Signature: "James B. Fry/Pro. Marl. Genl. U.S./April 27, 1865, 4¼x3¼. James Barnet Fry (1827-1894), West Point class of 1847, was Chief of Staff to Union Generals McDowell and Buell in the opening years of the Civil War (1861-1862). In 1863 he was made Provost Marshal General of the Army, keeping the post until it was abolished in 1866. The Provost Marshall of the Army, a post since reinstated, is in charge of the military police and army criminal investigations. Fry was on the platform when President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address (November 19, 1863). Although his military police were involved in the search for Lincoln's assassins after the President's murder on April 13, 1865, Fry was not directly involved in the trial of the accused conspirators. A Special Provost Marshal was appointed for that purpose. From 1866 Fry served Adjutant General, dealing with personnel recruitment and administration, retiring as a Major General. He later wrote several books of history on the Civil War and other topics. Tattered edges. Slightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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