Jefferson Davis Signed Confederate States Navy Document A little-known area of history within the Confederate States during the Civil War involves its Navy. With primary focus on the many great land battles, most Americans' knowledge of the Confederate States Navy is limited to the engagement of the ironclads Monitor and Merrimack (more properly "Virginia"). Created in February, 1861, the Confederate navy was overseen by Stephen Mallory, a former U.S. senator with extensive background in naval affairs. At the time of its creation, the Confederate navy consisted of just ten ships, with a grand total of fifteen guns. Over the course of the war, a total of approximately 100 ships would serve the Confederate States of America. There were roughly twenty each in the capacities of ironclad ram and gunboat, a handful of cruisers and many generally described as "steamers." Aside from periodic engagements with the U.S.Navy, the primary purpose of the Confederate navy was to protect the coast and run the blockade. Offered here is an extraordinarily rare form of document signed clearly by President Jefferson Davis, along with Secretary of the Navy Mallory. Bearing a wonderfully intact and vibrant seal of the Confederate Navy, it installs one Richard Taylor as Assistant Paymaster of the Navy of the Confederate States of America on September 21st, 1861. Many long-time collectors of Civil War documents have not seen a Confederate Navy document bearing the signatures of Davis and Mallory, especially one in such fine condition. A true rarity. 17" x 14". Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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