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The Civil War
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7704 - ADMIRAL GEORGE DEWEY, 8" X 10" typed letter signed on Office of the Admiral of the Navy Stationary dated March 9th, 1914 addressed to J. M. Forbes Company, Boston, MA. thanking Mr. Forbes for the two volume set of Dean Worcester's "The Philippines, Past and Present" sent to Admiral Dewey by Express. George Dewey (December 26, 1837 - January 16, 1917) was Admiral of the Navy, the only person in U.S. history to have attained the rank. Admiral Dewey is best known for his victory at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish - American War. During the Civil War he served on several ships in the Mississippi Squadron that were involved in the capture of New Orleans and Port Hudson. On April 27, 1898, he sailed out from China aboard the USS Olympia with orders to attack the Spanish at Manila Bay. He stopped at the mouth of the bay late the night of April 30, and the following morning he gave the order to attack at first light, by saying the now famous words "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley." Within six hours, on May 1, he had sunk or captured the entire Spanish Pacific fleet under Admiral Patricio Montojo y Pasarón and silenced the shore batteries at Manila, with the loss of only one life on the American side. Fine, some old mounting traits on part of the blank verso....................................................$95.00

5119 - DANIEL WEBSTER, Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 - October 24, 1852) was a leading American senator from Massachusetts during the period leading up to the Civil War. He first rose to regional prominence through his defense of New England shipping interests. Webster's increasingly nationalistic views, and his effectiveness as a speaker, made him one of the most famous orators and influential Whig leaders of the Second Party System. He was one of the nation's most prominent conservatives, leading opposition to Democrat Andrew Jackson and the Democratic Party. He was a spokesman for modernization, banking, and industry, but not for the common people who composed the base of his enemies in Jacksonian Democracy. During his 40 years in national politics, Webster served in the House of Representatives for 10 years (representing New Hampshire), in the Senate for 19 years (representing Massachusetts), and was appointed the United States Secretary of State under three presidents. Webster took part in several key U.S. Supreme Court cases which established important constitutional precedents that bolstered the authority of the federal government. As Secretary of State, he negotiated the Webster-Ashburton Tready, which established the definitive eastern border between the United States and Canada. Chiefly recognized for his Senate tenure 4, Webster was a key figure in the institution's "Golden days." Webster was considered the Northern member of a trio known as the "Great Triumvirate," with his colleagues Henry Clay from the West (Kentucky) and John C. Calhoun from the South (South Carolina). His "Reply to Hayne" in 1830 has been regarded as one of the greatest speeches in the Senate's history. As with his fellow Whig Henry Clay, Webster wanted to see the Union preserved and Civil War averted. They both worked for compromises to stave off the sectionalism that threatened war between the North and the South. Webster tried and failed three times to become President of the United States. His signature in ink, "Danl. Webster of Massachusetts."................................................................$125.00

5121 - THOMAS RUSK OF TEXAS, Thomas Jefferson Rusk (December 5, 1803 - July 29, 1857) was an early political and military leader of the Republic of Texas, serving as its first Secretary of War as well as a general at the Battle of San Jacinto. He was later a U.S. politican and served as a Senator from Texas from 1846 until his suicide. He served as the President pro tempore of the United States Senate in 1857. After the Mexicans killed all James W. Fannin's Texan army at Goliad, Burnet sent Rusk with orders for General Sam Houston to make a stand against the enemy. Rusk participated with bravery in the defeat of Santa Anna on April 21, 1836, in the Battle of San Jacinto. From May to October 1836, he served as commander-in-chief of the Army of the Republic of Texas, with the rank of brigadier general. He followed the Mexican troops westward as they retired from Texas to be certain of their retreat beyond the Rio Grande. Then he conducted a military funeral for the troops killed a Goliad. Rusk supported Sam Houston and the growing movement to annex Texas to the United States. He was president of the Convention of 1845, which accepted the annexation terms. The first state legislature elected him and Houston to the United States Senate in February 1846. Rusk received the larger number of votes and the longer term of office. The two men forgot past differences as they worked to settle the southwest boundary question in favor of the Texas claim to the Rio Grande. Rusk supported the position of U.S. President James K. Polk on the necessity of the Mexican War and the acquisition of California. In the debate over the Compromise of 1850, Rusk refused to endorse secession, proposed by some in the caucus of Southern congressmen. He vigorously defended Texas claims to the New Mexico Territory and argued forcefully for just financial compensation for both the loss of revenue from import duties as well as the loss of territory. As an early advocate of a transcontinental railroad through Texas, he made speeches in the Senate and throughout Texas in support of a southern route. He toured the state in 1853 to investigate a possible route. The Gadsden Purchase received his support. Rusk was in favor of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. President James Buchanan offered him the position of United States Postmaster General in 1857, but had turned it down. (Buchanan instead give the post to Aaron V. Brown). His signature, "Tho. J. Rusk, Texas,"........................................................SOLD

5122 - LEWIS CASS, Lewis Cass (October 9, 1782 - June 17, 1866) was an American military officer and politician. During his long political career, Cass served as a governor of the Michigan Territory, an American ambassador, a U.S. Senator representing Michigan, and co-founder as well as first Masonic Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Michigan. He was the losing nominee of the Democratic Party for president in 1848. Cass was nationally famous as a leading spokesman for the controversial Doctrine of Popular Sovereignty, which would have allowed voters in the territories to determine whether to make slavery legal instead of having Congress decide. His signature in ink, "Lewis Cass."............................................$65.00

5123 - SOLON BORLAND, ARKANSAS, during the Mexican-American War, Borland was commissioned as a major in the Arkansas Volunteer Cavalry, serving under Archibald Yell. He served throughout the war, having turned over his newspaper to associates. Borland was taken as a prisoner of war by the Mexican army on January 23, 1847, just south of Saltillo, Coahuila. He escaped, and was discharged when his regiment was disbanded and mustered out in June, but continued in the army as volunteer aide-de-camp to General William J. Worth during the remainder of the campaign. At the start of the Civil War, Borland was appointed as a commander of the state militia by Arkansas Governor Henry Massie Rector, and ordered to lead the expedition that seized Fort Smith, Arkansas, in the first days of the war, despite the fact that Arkansas had not yet seceded. By the time Borland and his forces arrived in Fort Smith, the Federal troops had already departed, and there were no shots fired. He was replaced as commander at the Arkansas Secession convention less than a month later, but he was able to obtain a position as a commander for Northeast Arkansas. For a time in 1861, he commanded the depot at Pitman's Ferry, near Pocahontas, Arkansas, responsible for troop deployments and supplies. His only son with his third wife, George Godwin Borland, had joined the Confederate Army despite being only 16 years of age, and would later be killed in action. Borland helped raise the "3rd Arkansas Cavalry" on June 10, 1861, and became its first colonel. The regiment was sent to Corinth, Mississippi, but without Borland. The regiment would eventually serve under Major General Joseph Wheeler, seeing action in the Second Battle of Corinth and the Battle of Hatchie's Bridge, along with other battles as a part of the Army of Mississippi. However, Borland never left Arkansas. While in his command position for the Northern Arkansas Militia, he ordered an embargo of goods to end price speculation, which was rescinded by Governor Rector. Borland protested that a governor could not countermand an order from a Confederate official, but in January 1862 his order was countermanded by the Confederate States of Secretary of War at the time, Judah P. Benjamin. In declining health and resenting that embarrassment, Borland resigned from further service to the Confederacy in June, 1862, moving to Dallas County, Arkansas. Borland died before the war's end, in Harris County, Texas. His signature, "Solon Borland, Arkansas.".......................................SOLD


5112A - PRESIDENT GROVER CLEVELAND, Presidential appointment 13" X 16" appointing Thomas White of Hernando, MS to be a commissioner inspecting building of a section of rail line on the Northern Pacific Railroad in Washington. Dated April 15th, 1886, signed by Cleveland as President of the United States, framed 18" X 20". Excellent condition..............................................................................$550.00

5112B - PRESIDENT BENJAMIN HARRISON, (1833 - 1901) Born in North Bend, Ohio. He was an 1852 graduate of Miami University in Ohio. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Indianapolis, Indiana. He enlisted as a captain, on July 22, 1862, and was commissioned into the 70th Indiana Infantry. He was promoted to colonel on August 7, 1862; and brevet brigadier on January 23, 1856. He was mustered out of service on June 8, 1865. During the war, he fought in the Atlanta campaign, he accompanied Sherman's Army on their March to the Sea, and fought in the 1865 Carolina's campaign. Harrison served as a U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1881 - 87, and was the 23rd President of the United States, serving 1889 - 93. Signature: 3 1/4 X 1, in ink, Benj. Harrison. Light stain and ink smear. Bold autograph........................................................$195.00

5114 - WILLIAM P. HALL, MISSOURI GOVERNOR AND BRIG. GENERAL, In 1861, Hall was a member of the constitutional convention, which affirmed the policy of armed neutrality put forth by outgoing governor Robert Marcellus Stewart that Missouri would remain in the Union but would not send troops or supplies to either side. Governor Claiborne Jackson and lieutenant governor Thomas C. Reynolds refused the call from President Abraham Lincoln for troops to put down secession, and conspired with the Confederacy. Union General Nathaniel Lyon seized the state capital and deposed Jackson. The constitutional convention reconvened, minus pro-Southern delegates, and declared the office of governor and lieutenant governor vacant. Hamilton Rowan Gamble was named provisional governor and Hall made lieutenant governor. Hall also became a brigadier general in the Missouri State Guard as formed under Union control. He commanded the northwestern Missouri district until 1863. Hall succeeded Gamble as governor when Gamble died in 1864. His signature in ink, "W. P. Hall, St. Joseph, Mo."...............................................................$75.00

5115 - ROBERT MCLANE, MARYLAND, during the American Civil War, the Federal Government, under President Abraham Lincoln, forcibly forbade the state of Maryland from joining the Confederacy. McLane was a member of the delegation sent to Washington, D. C. to question the actions of the Federal Government. McLane personally believed that the Federal Government did not have the Constitutional right to force Maryland into submission, but determined, along with the rest of the delegation, that Maryland should not secede. His signature in ink.......................................................$25.00

 

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