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BRADLEY, THOMAS W. (1844-1920) Union Captain – 124th New York Infantry, the “Orange Blossoms” Regiment; Wounded at the Civil War Battles of Gettysburg, Wilderness, and Boydton Plank Road

# 8296

Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for action at the Battle of Chancellorsville, May 3, 1863; U.S. Representative – New York – 1903-13

Typed Letter Signed, on the imprinted 5 ¼” x 8” stationery of the Military Affairs Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, to “Hon[orable] A.H.F. Seeger, Newburgh, New York.”

“Washington, May 27, 1911.  My dear Judge: Regarding the expiration of the term of the postmaster as mentioned in my last letter, 1914 should be corrected to read 1912.  With best wishes, Very truly yours, Thos. W. Bradley, 20th [District] N.Y.”

With Bradley’s handwritten, initialed postscript at the conclusion, “—My secretary was in error in reporting 1914 to me.  I will not, however, give any consideration whatever at this time to 1912 appointments. B–"

Lightly and evenly toned, with a horizontal fold at the center.


HARTRANFT, JOHN F. (1830-89) Union Brigadier General – Pennsylvania; Governor of Pennsylvania – 1873-79

# 8313

For remaining on duty when his early-war unit, the Fourth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, refused to serve on the eve of the Battle of First Bull Run after the expiration of their term of service, Hartranft was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.  He subsequently served with Burnside in North Carolina and lead the 9th Corps from Spotsylvania through the war’s end.  Hartranft was appointed special provost marshal during the trial and execution of the Lincoln assassination conspirators and served a term as post-war governor of Pennsylvania. 

Document Signed, 7 ¾” x 9 ¾”, partly printed, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, August 15, 1866, “J.B. Hartranft,” as Pennsylvania auditor general, directing the payment of a pension to “…William Leffel of Berks Co[unty], a soldier of the war of 1812…” 

Lightly and evenly toned, with two horizontal folds and three cross-cut cancellations, with minimal loss of paper, all well away from the signature.


HERRON, FRANCIS J. (1837-1902) Union Major General – Iowa; Received the Congressional Medal of Honor for the Battle of Pea Ridge

# 8066

Original Steel Engraving, 8” x 10 ½” overall, with a printed facsimile signature beneath a 4” x 4 ½” image of Herron in Civil War uniform, imprinted “Photo by J. Sidney Brown. Engraved by J.C. Buttre…PUBLISHED BY J.C. BUTTRE, 48 FRANKLIN ST., NEW YORK.”

Exceptional, with a few superficial stains in the margins.

Price: $25.00

HOWARD, OLIVER OTIS (1830-1909) Union Major General; Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for the Battle of Seven Pines

# 8400

Original Engraving, 7” x 10 ¾” overall, with a printed facsimile signature beneath a3 ¾” x 4 ¾” image of Howard in military uniform, imprinted “From a Photograph.  Engraved by R. Whitechurch,” and dated “1866” in print below.

Lightly and evenly toned, with a few inconsequential stains.

Price: $25.00


# 6863

Twenty-Sixth U.S. President – 1901-09; Colonel of the Rough Riders - Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for the Battle of San Juan Hill, July 1, 1898

Signed Card, 2 ½” x 4”, “Theodore Roosevelt.”

Overall condition is excellent, with light, even toning and small mounting remnants on the reverse.