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 30, 1864. Letter accepting the resignation of Henry T. Cook as a midshipman at Newport, in full:
Your resignation of your position as a Midshipman in the Navy, tendered in your letter of the 15th inst., is hereby accepted.
Docketed and signed on integral leaf by G.S. Blake, Commander of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Uncommon war-dated Welles autographed item.