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Chester Arthur Civil War Date Signed Military Pass for Volunteers

Single page document signed, 8.5" x 11". State of New York Quartermaster-General's Office Military Pass. Dated "1862", and boldly signed by Chester Arthur "C A Arthur". Fine condition. Accompanied by a PSA Letter of Authenticity with the small tamper proof sticker located to the lower right corner.

In 1861, Arthur was appointed to the military staff of Governor Edwin D. Morgan as engineer-in-chief. The office was a patronage appointment of minor importance until the outbreak of the Civil War in April 1861, when New York and the other northern states were faced with raising and equipping armies of a size never before seen in American history. Arthur was commissioned as a brigadier general and assigned to the state militia's quartermaster department. He was so efficient at housing and outfitting the troops that poured into New York City that he was promoted to inspector general of the state militia in March 1862, and then to quartermaster general that July. This document is a signed "Military Pass-New York State Volunteers", for transportation and for use in but ONE direction. The document was to be filled in by the agent of the R.R Co, and signed by the officer in charge. This was certificate 1338. "This order is payable by the United States Mustering and Disbursing Officers at Albany"

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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