WEST POINT DIPLOMA - MATHIAS WINSTON HENRY, USMA CLASS OF 1861; SIGNED BY JOHN F. REYNOLDS AS COMMANDANT OF CADETS

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Kentuckian “Wint” Henry resigned his commission to become a 2rd Lieutenant in Jeb Stuart’s Horse Artillery, CSA, serving under John Pelham, where he shined in action at Fredericksburg. Later promoted to Major, he was transferred to the Wes to serve as John Bell Hood’s Chief of Artillery during the Atlanta Campaign. Captured at Salisbury, NC, 4/12/1865, Henry was imprisoned at Johnson’s Island, but released after signing oath of allegiance 7/25/1865. Following the war Henry relocated to Nevada where he became in time a skilled mining engineer. Afflicted with paralysis, he died 11/28/1877.

Dated “Sixth Day of May “, 1861, this diploma is printed in cursive script on vellum, 18.5”x 23, double matted in blue and white, mounted in contemporary wooden frame, bronze and handsomely ornate, 29” x 34, w/ white card/ paper backing and hang-wire.

Diploma deems Henry eligible for promotion in “Infantry, Dragoons, Mounted Riflemen, Cavalry.”  Signed in ink by various West Point officials included Commandant of Cadets, John F. Reynolds (also professor of Infantry, cavalry and artillery tactics).  Reynolds served as Commandant from September 1860 to June 1861; he would of course later rise to the rank of Major General, and was mortally wounded on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Vellum diploma exhibits fold-marks & wrinkling, w/faded ink. Else VG.

Superb collectible for aficionados of Stuart’s Horse Artillery. [JP/LD] [ph:L]

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