PRESIDENT ULYSSES S. GRANT - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 01/18/1872 CO-SIGNED BY: MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM W. BELKNAP, BRIGADIER GENERAL EDWARD DAVIS TOWNSEND - HFSID 76133
ULYSSES S. GRANT and WILLIAM W. BELKNAP. Partly Printed DS: "U.S. Grant" as President and "Wm. W. Belknap" as Secretary of War, 1p. 15x19¼. On vellum. Washington, 1872 January 18.
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ULYSSES S. GRANT and WILLIAM W. BELKNAP. Partly Printed DS: "U.S. Grant" as President and "Wm. W. Belknap" as Secretary of War, 1p. 15x19¼. On vellum. Washington, 1872 January 18. Countersigned: "E D Townsend" as Adjutant General in docket written in red ink at top left portion. Appointment of Thomas G. Townsend as "Second Lieutenant in the Sixth Regiment of Infantry". Union Brigadier General in the Civil War, WILLIAM W. BELKNAP became President Grant's Secretary of War on October 25, 1869, succeeding William T. Sherman. Secretary Belknap was later charged with corruption in office. He admitted receiving bribes for the appointment of Indian post-traders and resigned from the cabinet on March 7, 1876. Belknap was impeached by the House of Representatives and was tried by the Senate. On August 1, 1876, he was acquitted on the technical ground of lack of jurisdiction because he was no longer a government official. Lieutenant Colonel EDWARD D. TOWNSEND (1817-1893) joined the Adjutant General's office in Washington, D.C. in 1861, serving under Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas. During the Civil War, Townsend, who initiated the gathering of papers for the Official Records of the war, was the principal executive officer of the War Department, working closely with President Lincoln and Secretary of War Stanton. Townsend was brevetted Brigadier General on September 24, 1864 and Major General in March 1865. After being promoted to Adjutant General of the Army in February 1869, Townsend organized plans for a U.S. military prison, urging legislation and establishing the prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Blue paper seal affixed at upper left. Lightly soiled. Lightly creased. Folds. Vertical fold touches "k" of Belknap's signature. Horizontal fold touches top of Grant's signature. Overall, fine condition.
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