PRESIDENT ULYSSES S. GRANT - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 03/06/1869 CO-SIGNED BY: MAJOR GENERAL JOHN A. RAWLINS, BRIGADIER GENERAL EDWARD DAVIS TOWNSEND - HFSID 28051
ULYSSES S. GRANT and JOHN A. RAWLINS. Partly Printed DS: "U.S. Grant" as President and "Jno. A. Rawlins" as Secretary of War, 1p, 15¾x19¼. Washington, 1869 March 6. Appointment of George H. Gile as Captain in the Forty-fifth Regiment of Infantry.
Sale Price $2,890.00
ULYSSES S. GRANT and JOHN A. RAWLINS. Partly Printed DS: "U.S. Grant" as President and "Jno. A. Rawlins" as Secretary of War, 1p, 15¾x19¼. Washington, 1869 March 6. Appointment of George H. Gile as Captain in the Forty-fifth Regiment of Infantry. During the Civil War, JOHN A. RAWLINS was General GRANT's Chief of Staff. He is frequently described as Grant's "conscience" and "alter ego" and it is claimed that his zealous anti-liquor stance helped keep Grant sober during four years of war. Rawlins had contracted pulmonary consumption during the war. In 1868, Rawlins' physicians recommended he travel to the dry air of Arizona and claimed such a climate would add years to his life. Rawlins refused. He would rather serve as Secretary of War in Grant's administration and die by his chief's side than live apart from the man he had served so faithfully. Secretary of War John A. Rawlins was only 38 when he died of tuberculosis on September 9, 1869. Anything signed by Rawlins during his six months as Secretary of War is scarce and those also signed by Grant are very desirable. Cracked seal, all intact. Military vignettes at top and bottom center. Lightly wrinkled and creased. Folds, horizontal fold touches Grant's signature. Vertical fold touches "w" in Rawlins. Creased. File holes at blank left margin. Show through of glue stains on verso at upper blank margin.
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