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Ulysses S. Grant, Document Signed, Galena Association

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Ulysses S. Grant signs a Soldiers’ Monument Association Document, as President of the Organization. This is for the Jo Daviess County chapter.

Grant lived in Galena, which is the largest city in Jo Daviess County.  His father’s leather shop was there, and Grant’s former home (a gift from the citizens of Galena) and is a State Historic site, maintained by The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Grant had returned to Galena a mere 10 days before signing this document. He would move to Washington later in 1865.

This is a handsome, clean document with wonderful iconography, being engravings of Lincoln (surrounded by eagle and flags), Liberty and Union, and soldiers as miners and blacksmiths (occupations of the area).

Countersigned by J.C. Smith as Secretary. John C. Smith was one of nine generals hailing from Galena. He served at Battle of Chickamauga, and was wounded at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. He would go on to serve as Treasurer for the State of  and was elected Illinois Lieutenant Governor in 1884.

A great display item with  excellent signatures for both.  The certificate remains unaccomplished. The monument was dedicated in 1883.

Keep in mind this has been photographed and scanned through the glass. It is much brighter and clearer in person; the signatures are solid and well-rendered in the usual iron gall ink.

Grant, Ulysses S.  Document, signed.  Galena: 28 August 1865.  Sm. F.; 1p.; handsomely matted and framed to museum specifications, with UV glass protection.