Ulysses S. Grant Military Appointment Signed as Ad-Interim Secretary of War. One page, partially printed, 8" x 10", on "War Department" letterhead, Washington, November 6, 1867, appointing Thomas J. Gregg, brother of Union General David McMurtrie Gregg, to "Major by Brevet...from the second day of March, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven" for "gallant and meritorious services during the war."

    At the time, Grant was the commanding general of the army and it was President Andrew Johnson's idea to replace then Secretary of War Edwin Stanton with Grant to defeat the Radical Republicans. Without the approval of Congress, Stanton could not be replaced and he was reinstated. Grant acquiesced, impressing the Radicals who proceeded to nominate him as their candidate for the 1898 presidential election.

    Folds are weakened and separating at the edges; some staining in the top left corner. Margins are lightly, but evenly toned. Fine.

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