WILLIAM WORTH BELKNAP (September 22, 1829-October 12, 1890) was a Major General in the Civil War and President Ulysses S. Grant’s Secretary of War. He served with distinction during Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign, but as Secretary of War sold weapons to France and accepted kickbacks in exchange for making a tradership appointment. He was impeached by the House of Representatives and resigned. He was acquitted in the Senate as the Senate failed to reach enough votes to achieve the required two-thirds majority.
With a severely damaged reputation, Belknap returned to his law practice until his death.
Offered is a very nice 3 ¾” x 4 ¾” Bureau of Engraving Printed photograph of Belknap autographed by him as Secretary of War. Actual photograph size is 1 ¾” x 2 ¼”.
Verso carries a stamp of A.E. Allen, which could be a private in the Ohio 4th Regiment, which fought in many battles including Stone’s River, Chickamauga, Atlanta and Selma.
Tipped to card stock. Some foxing and soiling.
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