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    James Madison as President Document Signed Five Days Before Washington Burned, one page, matted to a sight size of 13.25" x 6.25", Washington, D.C., August 19, 1814. A military commission naming William McRee a Lt. Colonel and also signed by Secretary of War John Armstrong. Affixed with War Department seal. Overall browning with evidence of earlier archival tape and small splits to folds. Very good condition. McRee, a North Carolinian, was with the U.S. Engineer Corps and was highly praised for his intelligence and bravery by Winfield Scott during the War of 1812. McRee died from cholera in 1833 and had a Florida fort named in his memory. Not only is this commission made out to a well regarded officer, it was executed just before the British under General Cockburn burned Washington's public buildings.

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