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Ulysses S. Grant Autograph Note, Signed

Grant Appoints A Woman, A Month After Custer’s Last Stand


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Ulysses S. Grant writes and signs a note.

In full:

“Will the Sec of War please appoint Mrs. Bersin P. Gassaway to one of the vacancies spoken of last evening in making up the / Rebellion record?”

While we are unable to find anything about Mrs. Gassaway, the Gassaway family history in America goes back 1650. Nicolas Gassaway emigrated from Wales and settled in what is today the Annapolis area of Maryland. His descendant, Henry Gassaway Davis was serving as a Senator for West Virginia in 1876; his wife was named Hallie Davis, however.

Grant, Ulysses S.  (18th President) Autograph Note, signed “U. S. Grant”.  [Washington, DC]:  26 July 1876.  Written in pencil on a buff card; 3-1/4 x 1-7/8 inches.