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Nelson A. Miles Signature with Rank, PSA/DNA Slabbed & Graded Gem MT 10!

A "Headquarters of the Army, / Washington, D.C." embossed stock card inscribed and signed with rank by career military officer Nelson A. Miles (1839-1925) as "November 28 1899 / Nelson A. Miles / Major General / Comdg U.S. Army." The card shows light even toning, else near fine. PSA/DNA graded Gem MT 10. The card measures 4.375" x 3.5" while the slab measures 7.125" x 4.125."

Nelson A. Miles served as Commanding General of the U.S. Army between 1895-1903; after he retired from the military at the mandatory age of 64 in 1903, the office was abolished.

Miles's 40-year-long military career spanned the Civil War, where he fought at the Battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Antietam, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House; to Indian Wars led against the Apache, Kiowa, Cheyenne, Comanche, Nez Perce, and Sioux in the American Plains; to the Spanish-American War in Cuba and Puerto Rico during the summer of 1898. Miles's condemnation of tinned army rations sent to American troops in the Caribbean precipitated the Army beef scandal, which was resolved by the resignation of the Secretary of War just a few months before Miles signed this card in November 1899.

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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