Civil War General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick War Date LS

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Civil War–dated LS boldy signed “Respectfully submitted, J. Kilpatrick, Lt. Col. Commanding,” three pages on two sheets, 7.75 x 10, April 20, 1862. This letter features altogether remarkable content from Kilpatrick’s first engagement with the rebel forces. This report was submitted to the governor of New York and reads in part written in another hand: “I have the honor to report that in the march from Catlett’s Station to Falmouth—a distance of 28 miles—the 2d New York Cavalry (popularly known as the Harris Light Cavalry) had the ‘front,’ and, as you have already learned, no doubt, met the enemy’s cavalry about 3 miles south of the Spotted Tavern, where my advanced guard received the first fire and charge of the Rebels, and where our men proved that they could not only receive, sustain, but return a charge. It was but a rush and a blow, and we saw the backs of our foe from that point to within a mile of Col. Lee’s camp. We skirmished with the enemy, driving him before us. Col. Lee’s whole force had left his camp to give us battle. I ordered Major Davies with his Battalion forward. Although this Battalion had not yet been engaged, they charged at a run and Lee’s cavalry was forced on fences into the woods in all directions to avoid the rush of our men and their biting sabres. We took several prisoners, killed and wounded five, and captured many horses. I regret to state that Lieut. Nelson J. Decker, of Co. D, fell at the head of his men, at the site of the rebel camp—a brave soldier and more gallant gentleman the Army does not furnish.”

In fine condition. This is a fantastic piece of history and would be a welcome addition to any collection.

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General Robert E. Lee Framed Signature with CDV

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Crisp ink signature, “R. E. Lee,” on an off-white 2.5 x .75 lightly-lined slip affixed to a slightly larger card. Nicely mounted, matted, and framed with a carte-de-visite of Lee to an overall size of 10.25 x 13. In fine condition. 

Note: There is a small nick on the upper left frame itself but the rest of the frame is in perfect condition. This is an impressively nice display piece for your collection. 

A full Letter of Authenticity from PSA/DNA can be purchased for this item for an additional fee of $100. The LOA will be shipped within 14 days of item purchase. Please contact me for details either prior to purchase or after. Thank you. 

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President John Adams Handwritten Document

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Featured here is a desirable, lengthy example from this sought-after founding father beautifully custom framed with photo. Unsigned handwritten document, one page, 6 x 7.5, 1767. An itemized bill for work done by Benjamin Tirrillo on a boat belonging to William Price, penned entirely in Adams’s hand. He writes out sixteen lines of expenses incurred by Tirrillo, including “To a strap for the Stern and two long spikes,” “To Spikes & Deck Nails and a strap for mast,” “To working on your boat 10 days,” “To a journey to Boston,” and “To sixty feet Boards.” Adams adds up the figures for a total owed of £4.4.9. In fine condition, with tiny edge separations to vertical folds. With it is a nice high quality glossy 8×10 reprint photo of John Adams from an original oil painting. All comes professionally custom matted and framed using only the best archival materials. Overall size framed is 22.25 x 16.5″. Encased under UV protected glass, etc. Beautiful piece and a wonderful wall hanger. A full Letter of Authenticity from PSA/DNA will accompany this piece. 

By the time of this document Adams was established as a well-respected lawyer in Boston and had recently emerged on the political stage as a leader of the opposition to the Stamp Act of 1765. 

 John Adams, Jr. (October 30 [O.S. October 19] 1735 – July 4, 1826) was an American lawyer, author, statesman, and diplomat. He served as thesecond President of the United States (1797–1801), the first Vice President (1789–97),[1] and as a Founding Father was a leader of American independence from Great Britain.[2] Adams was a political theorist in the Age of Enlightenment who promoted republicanism and a strong central government. His innovative ideas were frequently published. He was also a dedicated diarist and correspondent, particularly with his wife and key advisor Abigail.

 

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President James Garfield ALS

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Featured here is a nice Autograph Letter Signed, “Ja. Garfield,” one page, 7.25 x 8.75, on April 18, 1870. Letter to S. B. Harmer, in full: “Yours of the 16th is received. The address of Genl. James B. Steedman is Toledo, Ohio; that of Don Carlos Buell I cannot learn. He is a native of Ohio, but was appointed from Indiana; where he at present resides I have no means of knowing.”

This item is nicely cloth-matted and framed with a portrait and an engraved plaque to an overall size of 27.25 x 25. Oversized. In fine condition, with intersecting folds and all handwriting just a shade light. A beautiful piece and quite large.

James A. Garfield was the 20th President of the U.S. until his assassination in 1881. He played a very active role commanding Union forces during the Civil War in such battles as Corinth, Middle Creek, Shiloh, and Chickamauga.

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General Adelbert Ames Signed Cabinet Card

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Here is a beautiful signed Cabinet Card of General Adelbert Ames, former commander of the 20th Maine and Medal of Honor Recipient. He signs boldy with all ranks. Studio is Marion out of Lowell, MA. There is some surface wear, light soiling and scattered toning.  Overall fine. Measurements of this beautiful item are 10 ½ X 12 3/4 . Perfect wall hanger.

All comes professional custom matted and framed using only the best archival materials and high quality mahogany wood. Encased under UV protected glass, etc.

Adelbert Ames (October 31, 1835 – April 13, 1933) was an American sailor, soldier, and politician. He served with distinction as a Union Army general during the American Civil War. As a Radical Republican, he was military governor, Senator and civilian governor in Reconstruction-era Mississippi. In 1898 he served as a United States Army general during the Spanish–American Warames3

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Civil War General and Indian Fighter Alfred H. Terry Autograph Letter Signed

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Featured is a very scarce ALS written by Alfred H. Terry, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.25 x 8, March 12, 1871. Letter to General Thomas H. Ruger, in part: “I was sorry to be obliged to take three of your companies for South Carolina but things looked very badly there and yours were the only troops available. I hope to return them to you within a fortnight. I expect to send four companies of Cavalry to that state…Should they and the four companies of your regiment…be insufficient to preserve the peace, I will send a part of the 4th Infantry when it arrives. I expect the first installment of the Cavalry within three Days.” In fine condition, with partial separations to central vertical and horizontal folds. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in his own hand. I have only seen a handful of Terry letters over the years, and none with the quality of content and depth this one contains.

Union general (1827–1890) who fought at First Bull Run and Port Royale, and who, after the war, became commander of the expedition against the Sioux during which Custer met his end at Little Bighorn.

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General Joseph Hooker War Date ALS

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Civil War-dated ALS, one page both sides, 5 x 8, April 13, 1863. Letter to Franklin Philip, in full: “I have just received & paid my respects to one bottle of the box of splendid punch you have had the kindness to forward to my address. Please accept my sincere & grateful thanks for this evidence of your good feeling towards me. May this find you as well as I wish you to be.” In fine condition, with rusty paperclip impressions and light soiling to the first page.

Notorious and aggressive Union general (1814–1879) who distinguished himself at the Battle of Williamsburg in 1862 and as a result was promoted to major general; later that year he led troops into battle at the Second Battle of Bull Run and Antietam.

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Confederate Secretary of the Treasury Christopher G. Memminger Cut Signature

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The secretary signs his autograph in a large, clear hand. This autograph comes directly from Captain J. William Bushby’s personal collection.

Politician (1803–1888) who served as the first secretary of the treasury for the Confederate States of America. 

More Information: Very early in the Civil War, President Lincoln developed and implemented the Union blockade, which covered over 3,500 miles and threatened Southern ports along the Atlantic and Gulf coast. Blockade runners were usually commanded and manned by British naval officers, such as Captain Bushby, a Confederate sympathizer and commander of the steamer Calypso

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Union General George B. McClellan Autograph Letter Signed

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George B. McClellan Autograph Letter signed, one page, 5 X 8 dated April 20th, 1871. Overall fine with intersecting folds. Nice clear and bold ink. Would be a great item for framing. 

Union general (1826–1885) hailed at the beginning of the Civil War as the ‘Young Napoleon,’ who was defeated for the presidency in 1864 by Abraham Lincoln.

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Continental Army General William Moultrie DS as Governor of SC

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Partly-printed DS, signed on verso “Will’m Moultrie,” and also signed by Peter Bremar. One page, both sides, April 27th 1787. There is a second document with a picture of the land and Peter Bremar signs again. As governor of South Carolina, Moultrie grants Benjamin Pearce “a Plantation or Tract of Land, containing One thousand Acres….” In very good condition, with intersecting folds, partial separations and paper loss, and scattered foxing and staining. Archival tape has been applied in many locations throughout the document by a former collector but damage does not affect any of the signatures that are bold and crisp. Photo not included. 

Moultrie was a General in the Continental Army during the American Revolution and later governor of South Carolina (1730–1805). 

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Varina Davis Autograph Note Signed 


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Signed in the Text, “Mrs. Jefferson Davis,” March 21 [1869]. Mrs. Davis wrote this on her personal letterhead while visiting England to Mrs. Bushby, accepting an invitation. In a bold hand on clean paper, accompanied by the original transmittal envelope addressed in Mrs. Jefferson’s hand.

Condition: Overall condition is excellent, with all pieces very clean with bold ink.

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Union General George G. Meade ALS

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Autograph Letter Signed, “Geo. G. Meade, Maj. Genl. U.S.A.,” one page both sides, 5 x 8, Headquarters, Department of the East letterhead, October 31, 1867. Letter to Assistant Secretary of the Treasury J. F. Hartley. In part: “I am advised by my sister…of your great kindness when in the offer of an appointment as clerk in the Treasury Dept.; and I desire to return my most sincere thanks for your generosity & consideration for my sister, in whose welfare I take great interest.” In fine condition.

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Declaration of Independence Signer Samuel Huntington Signature

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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Connecticut (1731–1796) and seventh president of the Continental Congress. Ink signature, “Samuel 

Huntington,” on an off-white 4 x 1.75 slip clipped from the body of a partly-printed document filled out in Huntington’s hand. In fine condition, with light toning. Great for framing. 

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General Ulysses S. Grant War Date Endorsement

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Self-contained war-dated endorsement, signed “U. S. Grant,” one page, 3.25 x 6.25, dated September 14, 1864. Written in another hand, Grant recommends New York Governor Horatio Seymour approve a general’s request, in full: “Respectfully forwarded to his Exc’y Horatio Seymour Governor of the State of New York, with the recommendation that for the good of the service, and to promote the efficiency of the Engineer Brigade, the requests of Gen. Benham be granted.” Boldly signed at the conclusion by Grant. In very good to fine condition, with light show-through from mounting remnants to reverse. Included also is a nice 5 X 7 high quality reproduction photo of Grant at Cold Harbor in June 1864 (taken just a few months prior to signing this endorsement).

The requesting officer, Henry W. Benham, commanded the engineer brigade of the Army of the Potomac and was an expert in the construction of pontoon bridges. As he oversaw companies of New York engineers, his request to the state’s governor was presumably for increased manpower or supplies. During this period Benham and his men were very active in the Siege of Petersburg, where they were key participants in enabling Union troop movements via bridges. Ironically, the recipient of this letter would come to play a crucial role in Grant’s political career four years later as the Democratic presidential nominee in the 1868 presidential election.

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Union General William T. Sherman War Date Document Signed

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Here is a nice War–dated manuscript DS, signed “W. T. Sherman, Maj. Genl,” one page, 15.5 x 9.75, May 1862. Featuring a document headed “Roll of a private on extra duty as Teamster at Head Quarters 5th Division Army of the Tenn,” giving the private’s name, rank, company, regiment, by whose order employed, nature and term of service, and rate of pay. There are intersecting folds with small chips and separations at edges, and scattered soiling, otherwise fine condition.  

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Civil War General William T. Sherman ALS

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Here is an autograph letter signed (ALS) measuring10” x 8” 1 page, both sides written by Civil War General William T. Sherman. Addressed to L.P. Lackey or Lachey on November 25, 1872 of Massachusetts. Written on Headquarters of the Army of the United States stationary, General William T. Sherman writes a letter to Mr. L.P. Lackey or Lachey. In part Sherman writes: “Your note of the 23rd regiment came to me this moment”…etc. The letter is mounted on hearty card stock and is written in a nice bold hand. This would look great framed up with a double sided glass frame and photo.

There are typical folds with some toning and tape on the margins on the verso without text. There are some pencil marks from the previous owner on this same side. There is minor pink soiling on the top right hand corner of the verso.

Sherman, William T. (1820-1891). Major General of the United States Army.

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General Hiram Berdan ALS

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ALS signed “H. Berdan,” one page, 5 x 8.25, November 3, 1867. Letter to a general, in part: “I have had a full talk with Mr. Rumwich & he desires…you to send him the Allin Patent, also the English patent shown him by Mr. Richard that is something like the Bolt gun.” In fine condition. Perfect item for framing. Photo not included. 

Engineer, inventor, and Civil War officer (1824–1893) who was a world-renowned marksman and the inventor of the Berdan rifle and other weapons.

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General Fitzhugh Lee Card Signed

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Featured here is an impeccable card signed by famed CSA Cavalry commander Fitzhugh Lee, nephew of Robert E. Lee. Signed as U.S. Consul General, Havana, Cuba. In extremely fine condition. Perfect for framing with a nice photo of the General (photo not included). A beautiful example.

Fitzhugh Lee was born in 1835 and died in 1903. He was Major General, CSA and USA (Spanish- American War) from Virginia. He was CSA Cavalry commander and fought in various battles including Sharpsburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign, etc.

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Nurse/Red Cross Founder Clara Barton ALS and Signed Photo

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Excellent combination of two items: an extremely sharp matte-finish 4.5 x 6.75 portrait of Barton by Purdy of Boston, signed in the lower border in fountain pen; and an ALS by Barton, two pages on two adjoining sheets, March 28, 1906, in part: “I am very happy to send a photo…You are in the vicinity of the ‘later work’ of which I speak, and would be glad if both yourself and Mr. Harwood could meet personally the efficient workers doing such faithful work at the Headqrs—Beacon St.” Nicely matted and framed together. In fine condition. Barton is uncommon in signed photos and this example boasts ideal provenance in her handwritten letter which also mentions her work.

Clarissa “Clara” Harlowe Barton (December 25, 1821 – April 12, 1912) was a pioneering nurse who founded the American Red Cross. She worked as a hospital nurse in the American Civil War, and as a teacher and patent clerk. Barton is noteworthy for doing humanitarian work at a time when relatively few women worked outside the home. She had a relationship with John J. Elwell, but never married.

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Continental Army General Henry Knox Autograph Letter Signed


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ALS from Henry Knox signed “H. Knox,” November 16, 1785, written by Knox while serving as secretary of war for the Continental Congress, in part: “Gave the necessary certificate to Mr. Gilchrist to enable him to settle the account. I imagine he must have received the money, as I made the arrangement with the treasury board for payment instantly”. Writing is a shade light but overall very good. A rare ALS from the famed General and perfect for framing. Photo not included.

Henry Knox (July 25, 1750 – October 25, 1806) was a military officer of the Continental Army and later the United States Army, who also served as the first United States Secretary of War from 1789–1794.

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Declaration of Independence Signer James Wilson Document Signed

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A nice bold Endorsement signature in ink from James Wilson on a partly-printed document on January 21, 1775, regarding a debt settlement between James Faries and James W. Lane, signed on the reverse, “Wilson.” In overall very good condition. Photo not included.

James Wilson (September 14, 1742 – August 21, 1798) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence. Wilson was elected twice to the Continental Congress, where he represented Pennsylvania, and was a major force in drafting the United States Constitution. A leading legal theorist, he was one of the six original justices appointed by George Washington to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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President U.S. Grant Twice Signed Bank Check

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Here is a double signed bank check as president, 8 x 3, filled out and signed by Grant, “U. S. Grant,” payable to “Self” for $150, July 17, 1873, also endorsed on the reverse by Grant. All but the name of the bank is in Grant’s hand. This is the only twice signed bank check by Grant that I have ever seen. There is expected check wear, cancellation slits to the bottom edge extending into Grant’s signature, a bit of brushing to the first letter, light foxing to the right side, and some mild ink transfer to the reverse, otherwise fine condition. This would make a perfect display in a nice double sided frame to show both sides of his handwriting.

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British General Charles Cornwallis Autograph Letter Signed

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Featured here is a beautifully custom framed ALS signed “Cornwallis,” one page, 7.25 x 5.5, no date. In part: “The bearer appears to me by the inclosed letter to be in great distress—you will leave for his the sum that is absolutely necessary, as I do not mean to be unpaid.” Cornwallis adds a brief postscript to the lower left. In fine condition, with trimmed edges, and a small edge chip. With it is a nice circa 1850s hand colored portrait print. All comes professionally custom matted and framed using only the best archival materials. Overall size framed is 13 X 19.25”. Encased under UV protected glass, etc. Beautiful piece and a wonderful wall hanger.

Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis KG (31 December 1738 – 5 October 1805), styled Viscount Brome between 1753 and 1762 and known as The Earl Cornwallis between 1762 and 1792, was a British Army officer and colonial administrator. In the United States and the United Kingdom he is best remembered as one of the leading British generals in the American War of Independence. His surrender in 1781 to a combined American and French force at the Siege of Yorktown ended significant hostilities in North America. 

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General Winfield Scott Cut Signature

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A cut signature, measuring 3.25″ x 2″, of General Winfield “Old Fuss and Feathers” Scott, reading “Winfield Scott/U.S. Army/1865.” Overall fine with scattered toning.

 

 

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General William J. Hardee War Dated Cut Signature with Rank

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Small War–dated ink signature, “W. J. Hardee, Lieut. General,” on a clip measuring 1 ¼ x 1 ¾ . Very fine and crisp. 

Confederate general known for his writings on military tactics and strategy (1815–1873). 

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General Ulysses S. Grant War-Date ALS

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Here is a superb Civil War–dated ALS signed “U. S. Grant, Maj. Gen.,” one page, 5 x 8, February 27, 1863. Letter to General James B. McPherson. In full: “Come down here as soon as you can. Order before starting that the work of cutting down all the timbers in the channel of Bayou Baxter be prosecuted with all dispatch. I want to have the water let into Lake Providence before there is much fall.”

An outstanding historical letter that is directly tied to the Vicksburg Campaign. In fine condition with intersecting folds and scattered toning. A perfect item for framing.

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Written during the Vicksburg Campaign, this letter specifically concerns the Lake Providence Expedition of Grant’s Bayou Operations. Hoping to construct and use alternative waterways to position troops within striking distance of Vicksburg, Grant put McPherson in charge of building a canal from the Mississippi River to Lake Providence. They built levees to hold back water while digging, and at this stage the canal ditches were essentially complete and levees ready to be blown to flood them. The levees were destroyed about a week after Grant wrote this letter, but the depth of the water was still not sufficient for large vessels to transport masses of troops. Despite its underwhelming result, the Lake Providence Expedition was the only one of Grant’s Bayou Operations to successfully bypass the Vicksburg defenses.

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Secretary of State William H. Seward War dated Autograph Note Signed

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Here is a rare war-dated ANS, one page, 5″ x 8″, Washington, on May 16, 1864. William H. Seward extends his compliments to Mr. Barreda. Seward has signed on the first line of text of this eight line note. Four binding holes along the left edge. Small spots of very light staining. With a period engraved portrait, overall size measuring 13.5 X 16.5. Overall very fine. All comes professionally custom matted and framed using only the best archival materials and high quality mahogany wood. Encased under UV protected glass, etc. Beautiful piece and a wonderful wall hanger. 

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Boston Corbet War Date Signature

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Boston Corbett was a Union soldier (1832–1894) who shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Rare and exceptionally bold ink signature, “Boston Corbett, Sergt Co. K. 16th N. Y. Cavalry,” on an off-white 5 x 2 slip. Handsomely mounted, double-matted, and framed with a biographical plaque and large image to an overall size of 22 x 14. In fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds passing through the signature and trivial show-through from adhesive remnants to left edge. Ready for the wall.

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James A. Garfield Autograph

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Featured here is a beautiful, bold, large clipped signature, “J. A. Garfield / Maj. General“. Excellent condition. Perfect for framing with a nice photo of the General/President. Overall size is 10 X 14 and includes a beautiful high quality hand tinted reproduction photo of the General. All comes professionally custom matted and framed using only the best archival materials and high quality mahogany wood. Encased under UV protected glass, etc. Beautiful piece and a wonderful wall hanger.

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Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Pardon Signed Document

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Here is a beautiful partly-printed DS as president, one page, 7.75 x 9.75, November 19, 1874. President Grant authorizes and directs “the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to a Warrant for the pardon of J. M. Cooper.” Nicely signed at the conclusion by President Grant with a bold and crisp signature. In very fine condition, with expected document wear. All comes professional custom matted and framed using only the best archival materials and high quality mahogany wood. Encased under UV protected glass, etc. Framed with the document is a stunning glossy 8×10 digital colored photo of the General. The image comes from an oil painting by Constant Mayer in 1866. This is a beautiful piece and a wonderful wall hanger. Overall size is 15 X 21.

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