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    Ulysses S. Grant Document Signed "U.S. Grant" as ad interim secretary of war. One partially-printed page with integral blank, 8" x 10.25", on War Department letterhead, Washington, August 14, 1867. Here, Grant informs Asa Blunt that he has been appointed "for meritorious services during the War, a Colonel, by Brevet, in the service of the United States." Folds.

    Edwin Stanton, who had served as secretary of war throughout the Civil War, disagreed with President Andrew Johnson's plan to allow those states who had been in rebellion to rejoin the Union without guaranteeing the rights of the newly freed slaves. In response, Johnson replaced Stanton with Grant on an ad interim basis. Stanton refused his dismissal and played a leading role in the impeachment against Johnson. When Johnson's impeachment failed by one vote, Stanton resigned.

    Asa P. Blunt (1826-1889) served in three Vermont regiments during the Civil War. First as adjutant to the 3rd Vermont, then as lieutenant colonel in the 6th Vermont, and as colonel of the 12th Vermont. In October 1862, he assumed temporary command of the 2nd Vermont Brigade, a position he would hold again after the capture of brigade commander General Edwin H. Stoughton. He mustered out of service in July 1863, but reenlisted as a captain in the Quartermaster's Department six months later. In March 1865, he was given a brevet promotion to brigadier general. He remained in the army after the war and served as commandant of the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, between 1877 and 1888.

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