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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Commissions, 1857-1862

Commissions, 1865-66

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Alexander N. Shipley Military Commissions, 1858-1866



Descriptive Summary

Title Alexander N. Shipley Military Commissions
Dates: 1858-1866
Abstract: Five commissions recording the military promotions of Alexander N. Shipley from 2nd Lieutenant (1858) to Brevet Lieutenant Colonel (1866), and containing either authentic or stamped signatures of U. S. Presidents (James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson); also included is a smaller document relating to Shipley’s promotion to Brevet Lieutenant Colonel .
ID MS 328
Extent 5 documents
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Historical Note

The five commissions in this collection document the promotions before and during the U.S. Civil War of Alexander N. Shipley, first as 2nd and then 1st Lieutenant in the Third Regiment of Infantry (1858 and 1861, respectively), then to Assistant Quartermaster with the rank of Captain in 1862, and finally to Brevet Lieutenant Colonel and Brevet Major, both in 1866 (brevet ranks in general being nominal ranks without additional pay or right of command, conferred by the President of the United States by and with consent of the Senate for distinguished military conduct and service).

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Scope and Contents

The Alexander N. Shipley Military Commissions consist of five oversized (c. 16” x 19”) parchment documents under the decorative title ‘The President of the United States of America’ and bearing official wax seals. Each is dated and signed by or stamped with the signature of the incumbent President (James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, or Andrew Johnson), followed by that of the incumbent Secretary of War. Also included is one 8” x 10” document imprinted on a sheet of folded 10” x 16” paper, relating to Shipley’s promotion to Brevet Lieutenant Colonel.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research .

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Alexander N. Shipley Military Commissions must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Places)
United States—History—Civil War, 1861-1865.
Subjects (Organizations)
U.S. Army. Third Regiment of Infantry.
Subjects (Persons)
Shipley, Alexnader N.
Lincoln, Abraham, U.S. President - documents.
Buchanan, James, U.S. President - documents.
Johnson, Andrew, U.S. President - documents.
Formats
Military commissions

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alexander N. Shipley Military Commissions, 1858-1866, MS 328, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

The Alexander N. Shipley Military Commissions (1858-1861) were a gift from Joseph Nalle, received March 10, 1981.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Commissions, 1857-1862

Nomination and appointment as Second Lieutenant in the Third Regiment of Infantry, effective June 1, 1857. Signed by President James Buchanan, February 6, 1858.
Nomination and appointment as First Lieutenant in the Third Regiment of Infantry, effective May 3, 1861. Signed by President Abraham Lincoln, September 17, 1861.
Nomination and appointment as Assistant Quartermaster with rank of Captain, effective March 24, 1862. Signed by President Abraham Lincoln March 25, 1862.

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Commissions, 1865-66

Commission as Lieutenant Colonel by Brevet, effective March 13, 1865. Hand- stamped with signature of President Andrew Johnson, August 10, 1866.
Commission as Major by Brevet, effective March 13, 1865. Hand-stamped with signature of President Andrew Johnson, August 10, 1866.
Notification to Shipley of appointment as Lieutenant Colonel by Brevet, effective March 13, 1865. Issued by War Department August 3, 1865, and hand-stamped with signature of Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War.

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