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    Lot of Three (3) Military Appointments including: Andrew Johnson Military Appointment with a stamped "Andrew Johnson" signature. One vellum page, partially printed, 15.75" x 19.25", Washington, August 20, 1866, countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton (also a stamped signature). The document appoints "Thompson P. McElrath...Captain by Brevet...for gallant and meritorious services at the battle of Gaines's Mill, Virginia". With the blue seal of the Department of War in the upper left corner. Smoothed folds. [and:] Andrew Johnson Military Appointment with a stamped "Andrew Johnson" signature. One vellum page, partially printed, 15.5" x 19.5", Washington, March 28, 1867, countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton (also a stamped signature). The document appoints "Thompson P. McElrath...Major by Brevet...for faithful services". With the blue seal of the Department of War in the upper left corner. Pencil notations at bottom right and smoothed folds. [and:] Andrew Johnson Military Appointment with a stamped "Andrew Johnson" signature. One vellum page, partially printed, 15.75" x 19.5", Washington, June 17, 1868, countersigned by Secretary of War John M. Schofield (also a stamped signature). The document appoints "Thompson P. McElrath...Captain in the Fifth Regiment of Artillery in the service of the United States ". With the blue seal of the Department of War in the upper left corner. Smoothed folds. Signature is slightly smudged. All are fine.

    Thompson P. McElrath was born in 1838. His father, Thomas McElrath, was a partner of congressman and abolitionist Horace Greeley in the "New-York Tribune." He enlisted in the Ninth New York as a second lieutenant and was transferred to the Fifth Regiment of Artillery one month later, where he was later promoted to first lieutenant. In the course of the war, he would receive several battlefield commissions and, in 1868, he was received a captain's commission. After retiring from the service in 1870, he followed in his father's footsteps and became a newspaper man. In 1895, he was to begin work as a war correspondent for a New York paper during the Spanish-American War, but as a consequence of a trolley car accident, he was forced to pass up the opportunity. He died in 1898.


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    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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