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#71 - William McKinley

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Cavalry appointment for the son of Confederate general Fitzhugh Lee
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Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 15 x 19, February 23, 1899. President McKinley appoints Fitzhugh Lee, Jr., a “Second Lieutenant of Cavalry in the service of the United States.” Signed at the conclusion by McKinley and countersigned by Secretary of War Russell Alger. Matted and framed to an overall size of 32.5 x 29.5. In very good condition, with some small areas of paper loss and staining to lower portion and some light rippling and creasing. The blue seal is creased and worn, with some loss to lower left. Lee’s father, legendary Confederate Major General Fitzhugh Lee, had also just re-enlisted in the US Army after nearly three decades away from the military. With the sinking of the USS Maine and the start of the Spanish-American War, he was returned to service in a dramatic burst of patriotism; a longtime advocate for sectional reconciliation, Lee became the personification of national unity, helping to further heal the previously divided nation. A desirable document connecting two generations of one of America’s most storied military families. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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