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Union General, handwritten pass as Major General, July 26, 1863 on stationary of the Head-Quarters, Ohio Department. Burnside issues a pass for a Lt. to proceed to the city. He signs “A.E. Burnside/ Maj. General”. In fine condition.

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Union General and Historian

Samuel Adams Drake Union General and historian. ALS, 2 pages Kennebunkport, Maine 11/13/05. Drake tries to answer a source question about the location of a proposed Susquehanna Fort from one of his earlier histories. He explains he was still in his summer home “convalescing from a protracted illness.” He died three weeks later. Excellent condition with the envelope. [#4795]

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Writing in the final weeks of the war

Signed letter as Supreme Commander on AEF stationary, April 17, 1945. He thanks someone for a package of fruit from California that greeted him “When I returned to my office today, having been visiting troops in forward areas…” It had been a busy week. He toured a concentration camp for the first time in Ohrdruf on April 12th, the same day Roosevelt died. Two days later he halted the American drive to Berlin, pulling them back to the Elbe. When he returned to his headquarters to enjoy the fruit he was able to celebrate what essentially amounted to the end of major battles for Americans troops in Europe. Some toning at the edges and some minor stains in lower margin. Ike’s letters between D-Day and the German surrender are much scarcer than Presidential letters and very desirable. [#4827]

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Union officer and author

Thomas Wentworth Higginson Abolitionist, author, minister and Union Colonel. Signed library card for the Cary Library in Lexington, Mass. Higginson also filled in the date “Aug 7 [190] 5”. During the war he was an officer of the First South Carolina Volunteers, a regiment of freedmen. A published author he became a mentor to many younger writers including Emily Dickenson. [#4885]

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Union Admiral, LS, May 5, 1858, to Captain John Pope as Commandant of the Portsmouth Naval Yard asking for his opinion on Porter’s design of a quoin for gun carriages. Porter would have the invention patented a few months later. The 3 page letter explains why Porter thinks his invention is so superior to the quoin and beds currently being used with naval guns. Porter rose to the rank of Admiral during the Civil War with significant service around New Orleans and on the Mississippi. This is an interesting glimpse at how naval weapons were modernized and improved around the time of the Civil War. [#4963]

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Confederate General, signed endorsement as Major General April 22, 1863, also signed by Brig. General Fitzhugh Lee and Col. William C. Wickham. Wickum has written a brief summary of the request and signed it, followed by concurring endorsements from Lee and Stuart. Stuart writes “Hd. Quar. Cav. Division/ 22 –April 1863/ approved & _____ forwarded./ J.E.B. Stuart Major General” The request had something to do with a British subject who revealed his nationality once his initial term of service ended. He then appears to have requested payment or a chance to continue serving. Two narrow adjoining margins have been professionally reinforced. General soiling and spotting but overall good condition. Stuart’s rare signature is strong but there is a small nick at the margin that touches the “J” or “Major”. An interesting example of a foreign soldier fighting for the Confederacy. J.E.B. Stuart is tough to find and this of course was signed just six weeks before Gettysburg.

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Citation of Merit, Degree of Legionnaire issued to Major General Ivanovich Pauil Afoni, Commanding General of the 5th Guard Airborne Division. The document is on White House stationary and boldly signed by Truman. There is a pencil notation in the margin. It is accompanied by the actual award document signed by Robert Patterson as Sec. of War. Some corner bends and pencil notations in a blank margin. Truman only issued a few hundred of these citations but surprisingly few hit the market. These are a special form of presidential document and those issued to Russian’s are particularly nice pieces recalling the Russian contribution to victory over Hitler.

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Union General and Governor of Wisconsin, 2 page ALS April, 1895 thanking prominent Michigan businessman Peter White for a gift to his daughter. Fairchild was an officer of the Iron Brigade. He saw action at the Battle of Antietam and lost an arm at Gettysburg from a wound at Seminary Ridge on the first day of the battle. Lincoln promoted him to Brig. General following Gettysburg. [#4644]

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WWI British Field MArshal

Field Marshal who led the British Expeditionary Force in WWI and commanded epic battles including Somme and the Hundred Days Offensive. ANS on a postcard signed "Haig" with a postscript initialed "H". The March 1924 note authorizes the use of his photo "in the leaflet in connection with the Autograph Album". [#4668]

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Confederate General

Autograph letter signed from Warrenton (Virginia) July 20 [no year]. Hunton explains that he is currently unable to discharge all of his debts but hopes to soon be able to pay all.

The letter measures 5 x 8. There are two minor traces of mounting on the back, which effect nothing. Some minor ink blotting at the bottom of the letter. A fine example in excellent condition. (#1133)

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Rev. War General

Samuel Meredith Rev. War General. LS as the first Treasurer of the US, May 1793 to former General Jedediah Huntington regarding money credited to his account. Nice association but Meredith’s signature is very light.

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Letter of recommendation to Joshua Chamberlain
Col. of the 103rd Colored Unit

Union General by brevet, Col. of the 103rd Colored Unit, Lt. Governor of NY and Ambassador to Spain. Signed letter as Lt. Gov in 1867 making an introduction and recommendation to the Gov. of Maine-- Joshua Chamberlain, Gettysburg hero. [#4647]