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Civil War Gettysburg,Pa Proclamation of Damages Awarded to H.M.Conley's Farm Signed Governor John F.Hartranft Lincoln Conspirators Executioner
A rare Civil War period related document signed by acting Pennsylvania Governor John F.Hartranft awarding the sum of one thousand dollars to H.M.Canley for damages sustained to his farm and or property in Gettysburg ( Battle of Gettysburg) by the late rebellion. Signed John F.Hartranft January of 1873. The attorney general of Pennsylvania and the State Treasurer have also signed the document.
General Hartranft was awarded the Medal of Honor during the Civil War.
Hartranft was brevetted major general by Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant for defeating Confederate General Robert E. Lee's last offensive at the Battle of Fort Stedman, bringing his untested division from its reserve position and counterattacking to recover the captured fort.
At the war's end, Hartranft commanded the Old Capitol Prison and was appointed a special provost marshal during the trial of those accused in the Lincoln assassination. He was noted for his kind treatment toward Mary Surratt, the first woman executed by the Federal government. On July 7, 1865, Hartranft led Mary Surratt, Lewis Paine, David Herold and George Atzerodt to the gallows in what is now called Fort Lesley McNair. He read them their last rites, and they were hanged.
Document measures 9' x 15 inches.
Signed in addition by Harrison Allen (1841-97) was an American physician and anatomist, born in Philadelphia. He graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1861, and in 1862 became a surgeon in the United States Army and served until the conclusion of the Civil War in 1865.
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