Ulysses S. Grant Signed Naval Commission
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Scarce post-war Naval appointment of Robert F. Bradford as Commander of the Navy. Bradford had served on the “flying squadron” and blockading squadrons during the Civil War, and retired as commandant of Portsmouth Naval Yard. ULYSSES S. GRANT.
Document Signed as President and “Geo[rge] M. Robeson” as Secretary of the Navy; July 9, 1870, 1p. With engravings of eagle, colors and cannon, and Neptune and other mythical sea figures, with blue wafer seal of the War Office.
“Know Ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity, and abilities of Robert F. Bradford, I have nominated, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint him a Commander in the Navy.”