Printed broadside, 8.75 x 10.5 in., signed and dated in type by U.S. Grant, Brigadier General USA, Commanding, Paducah, KY, September 6, 1861. At this early point in the Civil War, Grant had just been appointed to his first command post, establishing his headquarters in Cairo, IL, in early September. However, after hearing that the Confederates were about to seize Paducah, he traveled there immediately, arriving only a few hours before the enemy forces. Before departing, Grant issued this Proclamation to the Citizens of Paducah, promising them protection. Union troops were left to guard the city. This peaceful occupation of Paducah gave the Union control of the mouth of the Tennessee River.
Provenance:Property of N. Flayderman & Co.
Folds in broadside, with some separation along horizontal fold, possibly reinforced by paper backing. Wear along perimeter, including short tears, chips, some loss. Few scattered spots. Few light stains. Text bold.
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