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    [Absalom H. Markland] Silver Congressional Presentation Goblets and Archive, including: Two coin silver goblets engraved "Mrs. A. H. Markland" and marked "S. Kirk & Sons / 11oz," each goblet standing 7.75" high; an accompanying letter reading, "The undersigned Members of the 39th Congress who participated in the recent trip from Washington to New Orleans, desirous of testifying their appreciation of your personal kindness and attention to us, and our families, beg of you to present to Mrs. Markland, the accompanying testimonial," four integral pages written on page one, 7.75" x 10.25", Washington, D.C., March 1867, on Thirty-ninth Congress letterhead and signed by eleven members of Congress (Sen. Henry S Lane, Indiana, Sen. Benjamin F. Wade, Ohio, Sen. Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota, Sen. Daniel S. Norton, Minnesota, Sen. Lafayette S. Foster, Connecticut and President pro tempore, Rep. John L. Thomas, Jr., Maryland, Rep. Samuel S. Marshall, Illinois, Rep. Michael C. Kerr, Indiana, Rep. Rutherford B. Hayes, Ohio, Rep. James R. Hubbell, Ohio, Rep. Kellian V. Whaley, West Virginia, and, A. H. [Safluir ?]); an elaborate printed program for a banquet in honor of the above mentioned congressional delegation held at the Saint Louis Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana on December 28, 1866, 5.5" x 8"; a small newspaper clipping about the presentation of the silver; a parchment pass introducing Markland as a special agent for the Post Office Department signed by Postmaster General Montgomery Blair, 9.75" x 6.75", [Washington, D.C.], November 7, 1861, with an embossed red paper seal of the Post Office Department; a telegram form with a message from Major General U. S. Grant (secretarially written and signed) to A. H. Markland, 5.5" x 9.25", Chattanooga, [Tennessee], November 4, 1863; a letter of recommendation on behalf of Markland to Postmaster General Alexander Randall from Major General H. W. Slocum, 7.5" x 8.5", Washington, D.C., August 8, 1866, top of letterhead torn off; a letter of introduction for Rollin D. Atherly to Markland from Assistant Adjutant General T. S. Bowers on orders from General Grant, 7.75" x 10", City Point, Virginia, September 4, 1864, on Head Quarters Armies of the United States letterhead; a broadside issued by Markland on December 31, 1864, just nine days after the fall of Savannah, Georgia, announcing the resumption of mail service between that city and the Northern states, 8.25" x 6.5"; and, two daguerreotype studio portraits of Colonel and Mrs. Markland in a single case.

    More Information: During the Civil War, Kentucky-native Absalom Markland served as a special agent of the Post Office Department assigned to General Grant's staff. He was also a personal friend to the general. The two had met in their early teens as classmates at Maysville Seminary in Kentucky. While Grant began a career in the U.S. military, Markland studied law and migrated to Washington, D.C., in 1849 and became a government official in the Office of Indian Affairs. During the presidential campaign of 1860, he supported candidate Abraham Lincoln who, after his election, appointed Markland a special agent in the Post Office Department. Markland's initial assignment was to investigate the loyalty of postmasters to the Union, but General Grant soon assigned him charge of mail delivery for his Army of the Tennessee. Markland transformed the slow, inefficient mail delivery to Grant's troops into a prompt, efficient service that consequently helped improve morale. He was given the honorary rank of colonel and served under Grant for most of the war, often carrying letters and messages between President Lincoln and generals.

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