Taylor, Zachary. Vellum Military Commission, Signed
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Taylor, Zachary Vellum Document, signed (“Z. Taylor”). Washington: 20 March, 1850. F.; 1p. William Silvey’s commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Regiment of Artillery. Counter-Signed by George W. Crawford as Secretary of War.
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SILVEY, William (died 1875) On the 23rd of June, 1849, young William Silvey of Ohio graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, collecting a diploma signed by Dennis Hart Mahan as a professor.
Silvey kept all of his promotions carefully organized throughout his military career, amassing seven treasured official promotions that track his career under five presidents. He also kept a beautiful Proclamation of Thanks from the Citizens of Rhode Island for his staff work in their state during the Civil War.
His last brevet was in 1865 “for faithful and meritorious service in mustering out of service and disbanding of the volunteer armies of the U.S.” Died 23 October, 1875. (See Heitman, Vol. 1, p. 887.)