Grant, Ulysses. Partly Printed Document, Signed
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Autograph Signature of Grant, Ulysses S. (18th President; General of the Armies) on Partly Printed Document, signed “U. S. Grant” as President of the Society of the Army of the Potomac. Counter-signed by Horatio C. King, as Secretary. No place; no date. Printed by The Major & Knapp Lith. Co, NY. 21 x 16.5 inches.
A membership document for the Society (a fraternal organization for veterans) “Organized August 20, 1861 / Disbanded June 30, 1865.”
One William Beckett, 2nd N.Y. Vols “a soldier” s made a member; pasted down next to his name is a 3″ x 1.5″ printed paper bearing a type of badge with various corps symbols, plus crossed swords and crossed cannon tubes. Ornate iconography abounds: images of Generals McClellan, Burnside, Meade, and Hooker (all former presidents of the Society); scenes of battle featuring the infantry, cavalry, and artillery. Also flags, an eagle, and corps badges, and war paraphernalia.
Grant served twice as president of the Society; his signature her is large and bold, being just slightly brushed by him. Excellent; some overall toning, having once been backed with board; the central horizontal fold has been reinforced with professional mending tape.