Secretary of the Navy during the Civil War under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.
Partly-printed letter signed “Gideon Welles“, 8×10, Navy Department stationery, March 19, 1863. Letter authorizing the repair of the roof the barracks at Brooklyn, in full:
You are authorized to have the roof of the barracks at Brooklyn repaired as recommended in your letter of the 16th inst.
In excellent condition, folds.
Uncommon war-dated Welles autographed item.