Washington: 1867. unbound. 1 page on "War Department" letterhead, 9.75 x 7.75 inches, Washington, November 6, 1867 -- an uncommon partly printed document signed "U.S. Grant" as ad interim Secretary of War, a post he held for only eight weeks, informing Thomas J. Greggs: "You are hereby notified that the President of the United States has appointed you, for gallant and meritorious services during the war, a Captain by Brevet. Should the Senate at their next session, advise and consent thereto, you will be commissioned accordingly..." Beautifully framed to 15.5 x 17.5 inches with a 4.5 x 3.75-inch copperplate portrait, along with a tan matte and black-and-gold frame. The letter has horizontal folds and a small smudge in the left margin; overall a magnificent item in near fine condition.
At the time that this document was signed, President Andrew Johnson was undergoing Impeachment proceedings. A week earlier he compounded his problems by firing Secretary of War Stanton and convincing Grant to fill the Cabinet position. Two months later both houses of Congress determined that it was illegal to fire Stanton and that he should be reinstated immediately. Grant, rather than to get caught up with the political controversy, walked away from President Johnson - both men refusing to speak to one another for the rest of their lives.