PRESIDENT CHESTER A. ARTHUR - PASS SIGNED CIRCA 1862 - HFSID 16350
Sale Price $850.00
CHESTER A. ARTHUR: WARRIOR PRESIDENT
Blank Civil War-dated requisition form signed.
Partly Printed DS: "C.A. Arthur" as Quartermaster-General, State of New York, 1p, 9x11. New York, 1862 (no date). "Military Pass - New York State Volunteers", numbered in purple ink "1346", stating that "This order is payable by the United States Mustering and Disbursing Office at Albany" with "at Albany" in purple ink (not by Arthur). This form, not filled in, was used to pay private individuals for providing troop transportation services for the government during the Civil War. The future 21st U.S. President has signed beneath the following order: "Please furnish transportation over your road and connections for ____ and ____ Volunteers under his command, from ____ to ____ for which you will be paid the established government rates, upon the certificate of the officer or person in command, stating that such transportation has been furnished, and certificate of your agent to the same effect." On July 10, 1862 Arthur was appointed Quartermaster General by New York Governor Edwin D. Morgan. He left office on December 31, 1862, when Morgan was succeeded by Horatio Seymour. Arthur's successor, S.V. Talcott, commended the previous administration, in part: "The state is chiefly indebted to my predecessor, Gen. Chester A. Arthur, who by his practical good sense and unremitting exertion, at a period when everything was in confusion, reduced the operations of the department to a matured plan, by which large amounts of money were saved to the government, and great economy of time secured in carrying out the details of the same." The document offered here, a Requisition for Transportation, is a prime example of Arthur's time and money saving plan, i.e., signing blank documents then forwarding them to the regiments. Lightly creased, else fine condition.
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