PRESIDENT ULYSSES S. GRANT - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 05/12/1869 - HFSID 16722

ULYSSES S. GRANT Reconstruction: Grant as President recommends distinguished soldier as administrator in the Military District of Virginia. ANS: "U.S. Grant" in pencil as 18th U.S. President, 2p, 3½x2¼ card, front and verso. (Washington), 1869 May 12. In full: "Will the Sec.

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ULYSSES S. GRANT
Reconstruction: Grant as President recommends distinguished soldier as administrator in the Military District of Virginia.
ANS: "U.S. Grant" in pencil as 18th U.S. President, 2p, 3½x2¼ card, front and verso. (Washington), 1869 May 12. In full: "Will the Sec. of the Treas. please see Col. Ayers? I think he will make a good Supervisor for the dist. Embracing Va if none has yet been selected." Grant most probably is referencing Lieutenant Colonel ROMEYN BECK AYRES (1825-1888), a professional soldier who graduated West Point in 1847 (Grant graduated in 1843). Ayres distinguished himself at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Petersburg and Five Forks. Virginia at this time was still a Military District (#1). On January 26, 1870, it was readmitted to the Union. Its biggest problem as a state was its debt of more than $45 million. GEORGE S. BOUTWELL served as Grant's Secretary of the Treasury until March of 1873. He opposed diminution of taxation and favored a large reduction of the national debt, which was over $2.6 billion. In 1870, Congress approved his recommendation of issuing bonds to fund the national debt. Fine condition.

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