DescriptionEdwin M. Stanton Autograph Letter Signed, while Lincoln's secretary of war, one page, 8" x 9.5", on War Department letterhead, Washington, 27 July 1863, to Prof. [Dennis] Mahan at the U.S. Military Academy, introducing "my nephew Christopher Wolcot, a cadet to whom you were kind enough to tell me you would give some instruction. Your kindness will be thankfully appreciated" Wolcott (whose name his uncle misspells) remained in the Army until 1881 then became a U.S. Navy engineer. Mahan, professor of military science at West Point, exerted enormous influence through his teaching and writings upon the tactics, strategy and engineering used by the Army, even through World War I. Together with an official envelope, franked by Stanton as secretary of war and addressed by him to Hon. John H. Clifford at Willard's Hotel; and an engraved portrait. With folds and mild stains; near fine.
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