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STANTON, Edwin (1814-1869) although a Democrat - secretary of war (1862--68) under Presidents Lincoln and Johnson. Although he greatly exceeded his authority both during and after the Civil War, he is credited with establishing effective civilian control of the armed forces. Disagreements with Johnson led to his expulsion from the cabinet, which became the immediate provocation for Johnson's impeachment. President Grant appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1869 but he died before joining the court. Autograph Letter Signed “Edwin M. Stanton” as Attorney General under Buchanan, 1p. quarto, Washington, January 3, 1861, addressed to Samuel Medary (1801-1864) "The Wheel Horse of Ohio Democracy" who had just left his post as Governor of Kansas, and reads in part: “...Your favor...recieved...accompanied by your Farewell to Kansas and your prospectus for the Crisis. I shall be glad to hear the crack fo the old rifle in the field and where it is not too late yet to save the battle or win the victory although at present gloom & darkness overshadow us. I need scarcely say you will find me as of old by your side.....” More. Silked, VG.
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Stanton Writes; “I shall be glad to hear the crack of the old rifle in the field ...”

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