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    Andrew Johnson Military Appointment Signed as President. DS, "Andrew Johnson ", one page, vellum, 15" x 19", Washington, D. C., April 17, 1865. The document awards the rank of brevet major to Peleg E. Beckham of Company "B", 7th Rhode Island Infantry, for "gallant and meritorious services in the battle of Spottsylvania Court House and the operations before Petersburg, Virginia". This brevet was conferred posthumously, as Beckham was killed in action just two weeks prior on April 2, 1865, when Union troops finally broke through the Confederate lines to pursue Lee's army to Appomattox. Signed by President Johnson and countersigned by Secretary of State Edwin M. Stanton. Actual hand-signed documents by Johnson as President are rare, as most of his signed documents were stamped with a steel-engraved facsimile signature, necessary after an injury to his right arm in 1857. This document was signed just two days after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and is likely one of the earliest documents to be signed by the newly inaugurated Johnson. Light uniform toning darker on verso top edge and along folds, one light erasure mark with a corrected date, signatures of Secretary Stanton and President Johnson are strong and clear, very good condition.

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