Lot 14: Choice partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 16 x 10, November 25, 1848. President Polk recognizes the service of Wendle Hull. In part: "Wendle Hull, of Company (Sappers and Miners) of the Corps of Engineers, having distinguished himself in the service of the United States, on the twentieth day of August, 1847, in the Battle of Churubusco, on the recommendation of Colonel J. G. Totter, the Commanding Officer of his Corps, I do hereby award the said Private Wendle Hull, this Certificate of Merit." Beautifully signed at the conclusion by President Polk and countersigned by Secretary of War William L. Marcy. In fine condition. President Polk is remembered for leading the nation to a sweeping victory in the Mexican-American War, which gave the United States most of its present land in the southwest. The Battle of Churubusco was a key US victory in the war, with Winfield Scott chasing Santa Anna's army as they retreated into Mexico. By the end of the skirmish, the US Army held a position just five miles away from Mexico City. A highly desirable military appointment from a defining period of Polk's administration.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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