SECRETARY OF THE NAVY GIDEON WELLES — SIGNED LETTER

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Dated “Navy Department / 1 September 1864.” Addressed to “Commander N. C. Bryant, U.S. Navy, Cedar Falls, Iowa.” Signed by “Gideon Welles” (Secretary of the Navy). Two pp.  in ink on lined paper, 7.75 x 9.75.” Exhibits fold-marks, and light soiling. Else VG, and entirely legible.

N.C. Bryant entered the Navy as a Midshipman in 1837, was promoted to Lieutenant in 1850 and to Commander in 1862, was later put on the retired list and died in 1874. This letter, signed by Navy Secretary Gideon Welles, directs Bryant to report for a physical exam at the Naval Asylum in Philadelphia.

1st page Text:  “Sir…Proceed to Philadelphia without delay, and report to surgeon J.M. Greene, for a physical examination by the Board of which he is President. If found physically qualified, you will report to Commodore F. Engle, President of a Naval Board now is session at the Naval Asylum, Philadelphia.   Very respectfully / Gideon Welles”

2nd page text:  Commander N.C. Bryant, U.S.N. reported Sept. 16th 1864. His examination was concluded Sept. 24th, 1864, and he is found to be not physically qualified to perform om all his duties at sea / James Green / President of Naval Med.  Board.

Solid Civil War naval / “Gideon Welles” collectible. In protective sleeve.  [JP] [PH:L]

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