DescriptionJefferson Davis West Point Appointment Signed Secretary of War. Four pages of a bifolium. 7.50" x 9.25". Washington, February 4, 1857. Document appoints William H. Thomson of Connecticut a cadet at West Point. He received this printed form letter from the Department of War, signed by Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. Davis served as secretary of war under President Franklin Pierce from March 7, 1853 to March 4, 1857. This document was signed by Davis a month before he left office. William H. Thomson (1840-1893) attended West Point, but poor eyesight forced him to give up his quest for a military career, and he left West Point to pursue a medical career. He graduated from Yale Medical School in 1862. He did serve in the U.S. Army during the Civil War, however, serving as an assistant surgeon in the First Connecticut Heavy Artillery. He returned to medical practice after the Civil War and died at the age of 93.
Condition: Flattened folds, with tiny separations at the margins resulting. Light soiling at the folds on verso only; otherwise very clean except for light staining at bottom margin of first page. A crisp signature by Davis, ideal for display.
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