Medal of Honor Recipient
Presided over the hanging of the Lincoln conspirators!
Document Signed regarding a War of 1812 Veteran!
(1830-89) A lawyer by profession, at the beginning of the Civil War he was colonel of the 4th Pennsylvania Infantry. Hartranft was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry at the 1st battle of Bull Run. He then undertook the organization of the 51st Pennsylvania Infantry, and was commissioned their colonel on Nov. 16, 1861, and led them in General Ambrose E. Burnside's expedition to the North Carolina coast in 1862. He was promoted to brigadier general on May 12, 1864, for gallant services rendered at the battle of Spotsylvania, and commanded a division during the Petersburg campaign. He was appointed special provost marshal for the trial of the President Lincoln conspirators, and presided over their hanging on July 7, 1865.
Document Signed: 7 3/4 x 9 3/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink.
Auditor General's Office
Harrisburg, Pa., Aug. 15, 1866
To William H. Kemble,
Application having been made to me by Catharine Freyberger, widow of George Fryberger of Berks Co., a soldier of the war of 1812, for the Gratuity and Annuity authorized by the act of March 30, 1866, entitled, "An Act to provide for the payment of Gratuities and Annuities to the soldiers of the war of 1812." I hereby certify, agreeably to the provisions of said act, that she has furnished satisfactory evidence to me that she is entitled to the benefits of said act, and the State Treasurer will please pay to her order Forty Dollars Gratuity, and Twenty Dollars Annuity, for six months due July 1, 1866.
There are dockets on the reverse of the document.
The document has been cut cancelled in three places. None of them touch upon the autograph of General Hartranft which is very large and bold.
Desirable Medal of Honor and Lincoln Conspirators related autograph.