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    Ely S. Parker Autograph Letter Signed "E. S. Parker." Two pages, 6" x 9.5", New York, August 24, 1890, to General J. C. Smith regarding the members of Grant's staff at the surrender of Lee at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. He writes, in part: "Your military education has taught you that a Genl. Comdg an Army has a personal as well as a general staff. Of General Grant's Personal Staff who were with him at Appomattox C.H. at Lee's Surrender, as near as I can now recall them, were Genl. Rawlins...who died in 1869 as Secy. of War, Col. Dowers...who was killed in 1866 at Garrison Station...by being run over by a train of cars, Col. Parker [himself]...Col. Badeau..." He continues with a list of other nine officers "...and perhaps others." Both pages have a 1.5" to 2" tear from the top edge, but not affecting the text. Some uneven toning of the first page.

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    Ely Samuel Parker (1828-1895) was a Seneca Indian who, as a lieutenant colonel in the Union army, served as adjutant and military secretary to Ulysses S. Grant. In that capacity, he penned most of Grant's correspondence, including the final draft of the terms of Lee's surrender. He was one of two American Indians to reach the rank of general during the war (the other being Confederate General Stand Watie) and served as Commissioner of Indian Affairs during Grant's presidency.



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