Lot 34: 1865 Rare ULYSSES S. GRANT Signed Soldiers Monument Association Form
October 29, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
"U. S. Grant" Signed Soldiers Monument Association Form
ULYSSES S. GRANT (1822-1885). 18th President of the United States serving from (March 4, 1869-March 4, 1877), First "Lieutenant-General" since George Washington, and Major General (July 4, 1863), who led the Union Armies to victory in the last years of the American Civil War.
August 28, 1865-Dated Civil War Era, Partially-Printed Document Signed, "U. S. Grant" Soldiers Monument Association, Membership Form, 1 page, 14" x 17", Galena, Illinois, Extremely Fine. Here, General Grant signs as the President, and "J.C. Smith" as Secretary, of this noted organization. Awardee's name space is unaccomplished and left blank. Mid-horizontal fold, light rectangular shading at perimeter. This highly ornate engraved Document reads, in full: "This Certifies that ___ Is hereby Constituted a Member of the Jo Daviess Soldiers' Monument Association." Etc. At top center is an oval engraving of the recently assassinated President Abraham Lincoln surrounded by clouds, rays of light, U.S. Flags, and six tattered War Banners, crowned by an American Eagle with a scroll in its beak. With four other vignettes: two symbolic women one with flag and olive branch in front of the U.S. Capitol and the other standing by a cannon on a warship with doves; miners working underground; and a soldier with his horse at a blacksmith. Engraved by the Continental Bank Note Co., New York.
Signed by General U.S. Grant four months after Lee's surrender, as president of the Soldiers Monument Association named in honor of a soldier mortally wounded in 1811 at the Battle of Tippecanoe.
When the Civil War began, Mexican War veteran Ulysses S. Grant was working in his father's hardware store in Galena, Illinois. Four years later, Lieutenant General U.S. Grant accepted the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and the war was over. On August 18, 1865, General Grant was welcomed home to Galena and was presented a house by its leading citizens. Traveling by steamer on the Mississippi, General and Mrs. Grant then visited Dubuque, Iowa, on August 23rd, as the guest of the town's Mayor then left for St. Paul, Minnesota, arriving on August 25th. He returned to his new home on the steamer, returning to Galena on August 28, 1865. "The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant" reveal that "on Aug. 28, USG as president, Jo Daviess Soldiers' Monument Association, signed an unknown number of membership certificates."