Military

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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]

$50.00
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Ike's Dictionary of French military terms

Eisenhower, Dwight – hardbound French military dictionary signed by Eisenhower at the top of a blank page, with an apparently early signature suggesting it was his own copy. The “Dictionnaire Militaire” was published by the Librairie Militaire Berger-Levrault in 1911. It carries a blind embossed stamp and several internal rubber stamps, a couple crossed out, indicating it was once the property of US Technical Library of Edgewood Arsenal (Maryland). Although Eisenhower was not formally stationed there the cancelled library marks, placement of the signature, lack of inscription or date give every indication the signature was a mark of ownership rather than an autograph for another officer of autograph collector. This would have most likely been acquired by him after WWI when the library had less use for it. The pages are on thin paper with some minor water staining in areas. There is wear to the outer spine and some separation beginning on the cover, which should be repaired. Ike’s signature is strong with some blotting of the “g”. It is an intriguing artifact worthy of additional research. [#5009]

$1,750.00
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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]

$75.00
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- Confederate General, one page ALS, New York, October 15, 1870. Gibson writes to a Mr. Day about some changed plans to get into the city (presumably New York) and relays some family news. He signs it "R.L. Gibson". [#3378]

$275.00ON HOLD
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Rev. War document

Ebenezer Huntington – Rev. War military officer and political leader from CT. Huntington served as an officer in Siege of Boston, the Battle of Long Island and Battle of Rhode Island. He was present with Washington at the surrender in Yorktown. He later served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. A signed document authorizing Hezekiah Cary’s pay for serving in Col. Samuel Webb’s regiment in 1781 to be delivered to Benjamin Cary. Huntington serves as a witness adding in his own hand “The above was signed in my presence Eben. Huntington Lt. Col Command”. There is some roughness at the edges. [#5219]

$300.00
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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]

$600.00
 
Wilson, Woodrow

Woodrow Wilson – beautiful, fresh looking World War I commission of Paul L. Reed as a Civil Engineer in the Navy with the rank of Commander. It is dated Sept. 9. 1917. Wilson’s signature is strong and dark, as his that of Josephus Daniels as Secretary of the Navy. The document stands out as fresh and clean with some signs of flattened lines from having once been rolled, but not folded. The blue seal is intact and the engravings are crisp and bright. The large format commission has been matted and framed with a nice gold and black frame. The frame shows some age but is still strong and ready to be hung as a striking display piece. Replacement framing of the same quality would probably run $400-$500. Overall an exceptionally nice example of a World War I Wilson commission.

$550.00