The President appoints Judson Bingham as Deputy Quartermaster General, countersigned by notorious Secretary of War William Belknap, double-matted and framed to 35½x29. Accompanied by a letter signed by Bingham as a Departmental Quartermaster in 1868.

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The President appoints Judson Bingham as Deputy Quartermaster General, countersigned by notorious Secretary of War William Belknap, double-matted and framed to 35½x29. Accompanied by a letter signed by Bingham as a Departmental Quartermaster in 1868.
Collection including: 1) Military Appointment signed: "U. S. Grant" as President, "Wm. W. Belknap" as Secretary of War, 15x18. Washington, D.C., 1875 March 18. Appointment of Judson D. Binham as Deputy Quartermaster General with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Crisp gold seal affixed in upper left. Matted and framed with a color portrait of Grant and explanatory plate to an overall size of 35½x29. Multiple folds. Creased and lightly toned. Fine condition. Not framed in the Gallery of History style. 2) Manuscript Letter signed: "J. D. Bingham" as Brevet Brigadier General, Chief, Quarter Master's Dept. Lakes, 1p, 8x10½. Headquarters Department of the Lakes, Detroit, Michigan, 1868 December 21. To Horace Smith, Esq., Monroe, Mich. In full: "Enclosed [not present] please find accounts in duplicate for the funeral expenses of the late Gen. J.R. Smith, U.S. Army. Please have the receipts signed by Mrs. Smith and return to me for payment." Shaded at horizontal folds, touching some text. Otherwise, fine condition. ULYSSES S. GRANT (1822-1885), a West Point graduate (1843), served capably in the Mexican War, but struggled in the peacetime army and left the army in 1954. A struggling shopkeeper in his home town of Galena, Illinois until returning to the colors at the outset of the Civil War, Grant rose rapidly because of his bold, offense-minded strategy (in contrast to the timidity of many Union generals). His bold campaign on the Mississippi River culminated in the capture of Vicksburg (July 1863), splitting the Confederacy in half. After another victory at Chattanooga, President Lincoln brought Grant east to confront the South's greatest General, Robert E. Lee, in the Eastern Theater. Grant's willingness to accept high casualties drew criticism, but he pushed south relentlessly, capturing Richmond and compelling Lee's surrender in April 1865. Grant proved less effective as a President (1869-1877) than as a general, enforcing civil rights laws and attacking the Ku Klux Klan but failing to curb blatant corruption among his appointees. The personally honest Grant labored to complete his (highly regarded) memoirs before his death from cancer, thereby assuring his widow's financial security. WILLIAM W. BELKNAP (1829-1890), who joined the Union Army at the outbreak of the American Civil War, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel after the battle of Shiloh. Serving under General Ulysses S. Grant at Vicksburg and as a division commander in William Tecumseh Sherman's Atlanta campaign, he was a Major General by 1865. On Oct. 25, 1869, Belknap became President Grant's Secretary of War, succeeding Sherman. Belknap was charged with corruption in office, admitted receiving bribes for the appointment of Indian post-traders and resigned from the Cabinet on March 7, 1876. He was impeached by the House of Representatives and was tried by the Senate. On Aug. 1, 1876, Belknap was acquitted on the technical ground of lack of jurisdiction because he was no longer a government official. JUDSON D. BINGHAM (1831-1909), a West Pointer and skilled administrator, took part in the suppression of John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry (1859). During the Civil War he organized trains and supplies for General Banks' command in Maryland (1861), headed the Quartermaster's Depot at Nashville (1862-1863), and was then promoted to Chief Quartermaster of the Army of the Tennessee, taking part in the invasion of Georgia. Breveted to brigadier general for his Civil War service, he reverted to the permanent rank of lieutenant colonel, taking charge of quartermaster duties for the Department of the Lakes. Eight years after the Presidential appointment shown here, he became Assistant Quartermaster and a full colonel (1883), and was again brevetted to brigadier general at his 1905 retirement. Two items.

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