• [Bahia, Brazil] Confederate Navy Master Bryan Signs Probate Document

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    GEORGE DWIGHT BRYAN (1845-1919) was the 47th Mayor of Charleston, SC, from 1887 to 1891.  After one term as mayor, he was appointed by President Grover Cleveland to be collector of customs in Charleston.  He was probate judge from December 1901 until his death on June 4, 1919.

     

    Bryan was enrolled at the United States Naval Academy.  When the Civil War, he left the academy to join the Confederate Navy.  He enlisted on July 8, 1861, as a midshipman and was promoted to Master on June 2, 1864.   He fought at Port Royal, SC, on Nov. 7, 1861, was taken prisoner at Bahia, Brazil in what was called the Bahia incident, a skirmish fought in late 1864, when his ship was captured by USS Wachusett and he was confined at Fort Warren, MA.

     

    Offering a one-page, 8 ½ x 14, DS by Bryan as Probate Judge on April 14, 1905.  A very nice signature with the seal and his title probate judge. Research included.

     

    Folds, toning, a couple of small tears.

     

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