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    Andrew Johnson Civil War Military Appointment signed as military governor of Tennessee. One page, 13.5" x 16.75" (sight), Nashville, August 26, 1863, appointing William R. Willoughby to "Captain in the first Regiment of Cavalry of Tennessee Volunteers." Green Seal of the State of Tennessee on the left. Framed to an overall size of 15" x 18". Smoothed folds are toned and there is paper loss on the top and bottom edges of the middle, vertical fold. Accompanied by fourteen related documents ranging from 1855 until 1908.

    Grouping includes a second military appointment by Andrew Johnson as Military Governor of Tennessee Signed by Proxy appointing William R. Willoughby "First Lieutenant of Co. 'D'" in the First Tennessee Cavalry dated November 1, 1862. Countersigned by Tennessee Secretary of State Edward. H East. Blind embossed Seal of the State of Tennessee on the bottom left. Measures 12.5" x 16.5" (sight) and framed to an overall size of 14" x 18". Toned and foxed with paper loss in the middle of the document at the meeting of the middle vertical and horizontal folds. Paper loss on the right edge.

    Also of note is a Civil War Autograph Letter. Three pages, 10" x 7.5" (height varies) n. p, September 3, 1865, to William Willoughby, here addressed as "Bill," informing him "of the death of your Brother Bedford. He died this morning...he has been sick one month to day lingering with the Typhoid fever. Oh Bill to day is a sad day to you, Father & Mother for they do not know but what he was the only son they had a living for you have not wrote to them in so long a time..." Stained along the folds and torn vertically along the top margin, but the text is unaffected.

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    There are three additional letters dated between 1894 and 1903, one of which is a poem from "John B." to his "Grandmother on her 68th birthday."

    Treasury Department Pension Notice to Mrs. Candacy J. Willoughby, widow of William R. Willoughby. One page, 8" x 10.5", on blue paper with "Treasury Department" letterhead, Washington, February 18, 1908, offering payment of "$22.26 to Candacy J. Willoughby, as widow of officer." Stamped signature of B. F. Harper as Auditor of the War Department on the bottom.

    Additionally included: five land transactions or land deeds for land in Greene County, Tennessee, dated between 1855 and 1882, a business letter to "Willoughby Bros." from "Duncan & Greer, Hardware, Stoves & Machinery," and a State of Tennessee, Greene County, Court Document stating that "William R. Willoughby has died, leaving no Will and...therefore...J. Willoughby...[will]...take into your possession and control all the goods, chattels, claims, and papers of the said intestate..."

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