MAJOR GENERAL JOHN A. DIX - FREE FRANK SIGNED - HFSID 17271
Sale Price $270.00
GENERAL JOHN ADAMS DIX
Undated free frank signed by John Adams Dix. 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".
Free Frank signed: "Free,/John A. Dix", 4¼x3 envelope panel. Addressed by Dix to: "Wm Plumer Jr. Esq./Epping/N.H.". 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 soiled. Irregularly cut. Lightly creased. Mounting tape on verso lightly shows through. Stains, not touching signature.
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