DescriptionTheodore Roosevelt Military Appointment Signed appointing Edwin F. Gardner deputy surgeon general, countersigned by Secretary of War Elihu Root. One page, 21" x 15.75", December 7, 1903, "City of Washington". With blue War Office seal in bottom left. Toned with folds; fine.
Edwin Gardner served as a private during the Civil War. After his graduation from Harvard with an M.D. in 1875, he served as a surgeon in the military until this appointment. This document reads in part: "I [Theodore Roosevelt] do appoint him [Edwin F. Gardner] Deputy Surgeon General with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the service of the United States."
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