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Authentic Signatures of Famous Soldiers and Leaders in History
Civil War Documents
Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles Autographed Personal Check from 1863
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Here is an excellent original signature of the secretary of the Navy for the union during the Civil War, Gideon Welles (1802 - 1878). Gideon Welles was born in 1802 in Connecticut and before the war served as editor of the Hartford Times from 1826 until 1836. He was extremely valuable asset to the Union side during the Civil War. Because so many people left the Navy to serve in the Confederacy it was imperative to rebuild the Union Navy. He did so quite well. The Navy rose from 90 ships at the outbreak of the war to 670 ships by the war's end. Members of the Navy rose from 9000 to 57,000 during the war. He also was a proponent for the new technology of the day including the new ironclad ships. After the war he founded one of New England's earliest Republican newspapers, the Hartford Evening Press. This autograph is on an original 1863 dated check drawn on the Riggs & Company bank in Washington, D.C. It even has the George Washington tax stamp on the paper. The signature is nice and bold in dark brown almost black ink. The check paper itself measures 7-1/2 inches wide and is 2-3/4ths inches tall. The check is accompanied by a modern Xerox image of Wells to enhance the display. It comes in an acid freeholder for display and preservation purposes.

Item #: B2514
Shipping Weight: 0.3 lb
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