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Rare Brigadier General's Appointment of a - William McKinley - 1899. [1202186]
Washington, DC, January 13, 1899. 15.5" x 19.25". "Partly Engraved Document Signed ""William McKinley"" as President, ""R.A. Alger"" as Secretary of War, and recorded ""H.C. Corbin"" as Adjutant General, 1 page, 15.5"" x 19.25"". Washington, D.C., January 13, 1899. On parchment. Completed in manuscript. Military vignettes at top center and across bottom. Blue seal of the War Office affixed at lower left. Boldly signed! Lightly rippled. Fine condition.Appointment of William M. Wherry ""Brigadier General in the service of the United States: to rank as such from the seventh day of January, eighteen hundred and ninety-nine…""Russell A. Alger (1836-1907) was McKinley's Secretary of War from 1897-1899. He was brevetted Major General of Volunteers by President Andrew Johnson to rank from June 11, 1865. Promoted to Major General in 1900 and Lieutenant General in 1909, Major General Henry C. Corbin served as Adjutant General of the U.S. Army from 1898-1904.William M. Wherry (1836-1918), First Lieutenant, Company D, 3rd U.S. Reserve Missouri Infantry, received the Medal of Honor for actions at the Battle of Wilson's Creek on August 10, 1861. The citation was issued on October 30, 1895: ""Displayed conspicuous coolness and heroism in rallying troops that were recoiling under heavy fire."" At the onset of the Spanish American War, Wherry took command of the 2nd Infantry when regimental commander Col. Bates was promoted. He commanded the regiment until he was promoted to colonel of the 8th Infantry on August 30, 1898.Also present:(1) William M. Wherry's embroidered 4"" x 1.5"" Brigadier General's one-star shoulder bar.(2) Partly Printed Letter Signed ""Theo Schwan"" as Assistant Adjutant General, 1 page, 8"" x 10.5"". Washington, January 9, 1899. To Brig. Gen. Wherry transmitting the Commission here offered. Theodore Schwan (1841-1926) was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Peebles' Farm, Virginia, October 1, 1864: ""At the imminent risk of his own life, while his regiment was falling back before a superior force of the enemy, he dragged a wounded and helpless officer to the rear, thus saving him from death or capture."" Schwan received the award on December 12, 1898, just four weeks before signing this letter.(3) Marked ""Copy,"" a Manuscript Letter from Franklin J. Dickman, 3 pages, 7.75"" x 9.75"", to President McKinley, Cleveland Ohio, December 27, 1898, urging that William M. Wherry (his daughter married Dickman's son) ""may be retired at an early day as Brigadier General, and thus receive in his retirement the pay of a Colonel…"" With soiled envelope. Wherry retired on January 18, 1899.(4) Cabinet Photograph of William M. Wherry in uniform, 3.75"" x 5.5"" image, overall 7"" x 9"". Photograph by ""Ciarlo,"" ""514 York St. / Newport, Ky."" Slight chip at upper edge of image; glued mounting remnant at lower edge of mount."
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