1861 Military Appointment - Captain Alvah H. Bereman, 18th U.S. Infantry - Signed by Secretary of War Simon Cameron

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1861 Military Appointment - Captain Alvah H. Bereman, 18th U.S. Infantry - Signed by Secretary of War Simon Cameron

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Item No. 3748418

A military appointment dated June 18, 1861 and signed by Lincoln’s first Secretary of War, Simon Cameron, appointing Alvah Hamilton Bereman, a resident of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, a Captain in the 18th U.S. Infantry. Bereman accepted the appointment and served with the Regiment in the Army of the Ohio until his resignation in July 1862. He later returned to the service as Colonel of the 100-day 45th Iowa Infantry in 1864. The appointment reads:

WAR DEPARTMENT
Washington, June 18, 1861.

Sir:
You are hereby informed that the President of the United States has appointed you Captain in the Eighteenth Regiment of Infantry in the service of the United States, to rank as such from the fourteenth day of May, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one. Should the Senate, at their next session, advise and consent thereto, you will be commissioned accordingly.

Immediately on receipt hereof, please to communicate to this Department, through the Adjutant General’s Office, your acceptance or non-acceptance of said appointment; and, with you letter of acceptance, return the OATH herewith enclosed, properly filled up, SUBSCRIBED and ATTESTED, reporting at the same time you AGE, RESIDENCE when appointed, the STATE in which BORN, and your full NAME, legibly written out.

Should you accept, you will at once report, in person for orders, to the Colonel of your Regiment (Col. H. B. Carrington,) at Columbus, Ohio.

Simon Cameron
Secretary of War

Captain A. H. Bereman
18th U.S. Infy

The document measures about 8” x 10” and is in good condition. There is some wear to the edges and corners, along with some minor foxing and toning. It is creased where originally folded and also exhibits some shallow (< 1”) separation at the margins. There is a small tear (~ 1/2”) along the center of the upper fold, near center. One more tear along the top of the page toward the “D” in “DEPARTMENT,” though it has been stabilized on the reverse to prevent further deterioration.

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