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    Andrew Johnson Autograph Letter Signed "Andrew Johnson." Two pages (front and back), 5.75" x 8.75", Greenville, Tennessee; June 8, 1859. A letter to John B. Floyd, forwarding a petition (not present) for the release of an underage boy from military service. In full:

    "Enclosed you will please find a petition from a number of the citizens of Jonesboro Tennessee asking the release of N.B. McLin from the United States service as a private soldier. Many of the petitioners are personally known to you and is not therefore necessary for me to endorse them as persons of the first standing in that community and who would not ask the secretary to do anything they did not believe was clearly justifiable and right in itself. From all that I can learn I am satisfied that the boy ought to be discharged from the service without delay. By reference to the petition the Secretary of War will perceive that he was a minor at the time of his enlistment, which would constitute legal grounds for his discharge if the parties were disposed to resort to that means: lest they have prepared setting forth the parts in the case and submit them to the Secretary of War to be determined by him. I hope that it will be convenient for the Secretary of War to give the petition an early consideration as his afflicted mother is in great distress of mind in consequence of the condition of her son. I also enclose her letter to me on the subject so there you can form an idea of her state of mind. I have no interest in it, more than the parties interested live in a neighboring village and are my constituents. The Blairs and Cunninghams & others are as well known to you as they are to me and know too that they would not ask the Secretary to do anything but what they believe ought to be done."

    John B. Floyd served as Secretary of War from 1857 to 1860, when he resigned after being implicated in a scandal involving Indian bonds. Floyd joined the Confederate Army after Virginia seceded, and was promoted to brigadier general. Sadly, his health began to fail in 1862 and he passed away a year later.

    Democrat Andrew Johnson (1808-1875) was serving as a U.S. Senator for Tennessee when he wrote this letter. In 1862, Lincoln appointed Johnson military governor of Tennessee, where he proved energetic and effective in fighting the rebellion. Johnson was nominated for the vice president slot in 1864 on the National Union Party ticket. He was elected along with Abraham Lincoln in November 1864, and he became president upon Lincoln's assassination on April 15, 1865.

    Condition: Flattened mail folds, with light toning around edges. A small amount of paper loss at upper left corner. Mounting residue on verso along right side.


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