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    Captain Miner Knowlton's Diploma and Appointments Signed by Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk. Four documents from the military career of Captain Miner K. Knowlton (1804-1870). The documents are as follows:

    Andrew Jackson Military Appointment Signed "Andrew Jackson". One partially printed page of vellum, 13.5" x 16.5", Washington, D.C.; August 1, 1832. An appointment of Miner Knowlton as "Second Lieutenant in the First Regiment of Artillery in the service of the United States." With patriotic and military vignettes at the top and bottom margins. Paper seal is present.

    Andrew Jackson Military Appointment Signed "Andrew Jackson". One partially printed page of vellum, 13.75" x 18", Washington, D.C.; July 1, 1836. An appointment of Miner Knowlton as "First Lieutenant in the first Regiment of Artillery in the service of the United States." With patriotic and military vignettes at the top and bottom margins. Paper seal is present.

    James Polk Military Appointment Signed "James K. Polk". One partially printed page of vellum, 14.5" x 17", Washington, D.C.; May 14, 1846. An appointment of Miner Knowlton as "Captain, in the First Regiment of Artillery in the service of the United States." With patriotic and military vignettes at the top and bottom margins. Paper seal is present.

    Miner Knowlton Military Diploma. One partially printed page of vellum, 17.5" x 19.5", West Point, New York; July 4, 1829. Marking Knowlton's graduation from West Point Academy, the diploma reads, in part: "Cadet Miner Knowlton of the State of Connecticut having been carefully examined on all the Branches of the Arts, Sciences, and of Literature taught at the United States Military Academy has been judged worthy to receive the Degree required by Law preparatory to his advancement in the US Army...We do confer upon Him his Diploma and recommend him to the President for Promotion in the United States Artillery." Signed by members of West Point staff.

    Captain Miner Knowlton was a classmate of General Robert E. Lee at West Point Academy. He taught mathematics, cavalry, and artillery tactics at West Point for a period of time before serving as an aide-de-camp to French Army Marshal Thomas-Robert Bugeaud in Africa. Upon returning to the U.S., he fought in the Mexican War under Zachary Taylor. After his retirement in 1861, he moved to New Jersey and became a prominent member in the city of Burlington. When the Civil War broke out, he helped with recruitment in Burlington and published a manual for raising such volunteer regiments for the Union, entitled "Instructions and Regulations for the Militia and Volunteers of the United States." He passed away at the age of 66 and is buried in Burlington.

    Condition: All documents have flattened folds and varying degrees of toning at edges and throughout. Minor warping to some, with light creasing. The diploma and the July 1, 1836 appointment have small holes along some of the folds; the holes affect a small part of Andrew Jackson's signature. Overall good.


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