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MAJOR GENERAL JOHN A. DIX - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/29/1857 - HFSID 31328

GENERAL JOHN ADAMS DIX John Adams Dix wrote this letter in 1857 regarding a case of mistaken identity in 1857. He was President James Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury in 1861 and sent this famous order to an

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GENERAL JOHN ADAMS DIX
John Adams Dix wrote this letter in 1857 regarding a case of mistaken identity in 1857. He was President James Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury in 1861 and sent this famous order to an American boat less than three months before the American Civil War: "If any man attempts to haul down the American Flag, shoot him on the spot".
Autograph letter signed "John A.Dix". Pencil notations in bottom right corner in unknown hand. 1 page, 4¾x7¾, 1 sheet folded. New York, July 29, 1857. Addressed to Henry C. Band, Esp. In full: "Dear Sir : - There must be a mistake with regard to the En-closed. There was a Mr. Dix in part-nership with a Mr. Edwards - the firm Dix & Edwards - but I do not know him. I would have sent your letter to him, as he was a publisher, presuming it to have been intended for him; but I do not find his name in the City Directory for 1857.- I, therefore, return your note, and I am Respectfully yours,". As President James Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury (1861), Dix (1798-1879) telegraphed this famous order to the American cutter Robert McClelland in the port of New Orleans on Jan. 29, 1861, less than three months before the start of the American Civil War: "If any man attempts to haul down the American Flag, shoot him on the spot". Dix later commanded the Department of Virginia (1862-1863) and the Department of the East (1863-1865). After the Civil War, he was Minister to France (1866-1869) and Governor of New York (1872-1874). The U. S. Army's Fort Dix in New Jersey is named in his honor. Lightly toned, creased and rippled. Signature is lightly spotted and has bled lightly but legible. Body of letter, but not signature, has bled and smeared lightly but is legible. Ink transference, light staining and soiling and paper loss on verso (no show-through). Folded four times unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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