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    West Point Diploma. A magnificent partly printed Document Signed, one page on vellum, 16.5 x 21.5 inches, West Point, June 18, 1842 granted to Jenks Beaman of the State of Vermont signed by nine professors (including engineering, mathematics, ethics, drawing, artillery & cavalry, philosophy, chemistry, French, and tactics) together with the Superintendent Rene DeRussy and countersigned at the top left by Irwin McDowell as Adjutant. Jenks himself was commissioned a second lieutenant in December 1842 in the 4th Infantry, which whom he served during the Mexican War. During his service in the field he was promoted to First Lieutenant. The 4th Infantry first served under Zachary Taylor's army of observation and saw action at Monterrey. The 4th then sailed to Vera Cruz where it besieged the city and then advanced on Mexico City. Beaman died on May 6, 1848 only a month before his regiment was due to return to the United States. Some of his fellow graduates went on to serve in the Civil War (on both sides) including Abner Doubleday, William Rosecrans, John Pope, Lafayette McLaws and James Longstreet. The document is adorned by fine engravings symbolizing the military arts including images of ordnance, charts, maps, telescopes globes, chemistry equipment together with armor, drums, muskets and swords and the all framed in flags and drapes and crowned with an eagle. Light foxing and toning, usual folds, else very good condition. A very nice example.

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    April, 2007
    16th-17th Monday-Tuesday
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