DescriptionConfederate Navy Secretary Stephen Mallory Pre-War Autograph Letter Signed, "S. Mallory, one page, 7.75" x 9.5", Washington, D.C., February 27, 1857, to Secretary of the Navy J. C. Dobbin. The letter reads, "I beg leave to recommend for appointment to the Marine Corps Philip H. Fontane Esq. Of Key West Florida. He is a native Floridian and is every way qualified for the appointment. I shall be pleased to learn the success of his application." Very fine condition.
A few short years after this was penned, Mallory was appointed Confederate Secretary of the Navy. The former U.S. Senator from Florida served admirably in that capacity for the duration of the Civil War, actually building an effective navy from scratch.
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