James K. Polk 1848 Document Signed as President – Certificate of Merit for Mexican War


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11th President. Document signed James K. Polk AS PRESIDENT and W.L. Marcy as Secretary of War, November 25, 1848, 16×10.   The President awards this Certificate of Merit to Jacob E. Davis who distinguished himself at the Battle of Molino Del Rey.

The Battle of Molino del Rey (8 September 1847) was one of the bloodiest engagements of the Mexican–American War as part of the Battle for Mexico City. It was fought in September 1847 between Mexican forces under General Antonio León against an American force under Major General Winfield Scott at El Molino del Rey on the fringes of Mexico City. The Americans made little progress in this battle, but the Mexican forces were unable to hold them back long enough to prevent the capture of Mexico City one week later.

The vellum document has a couple of folds and a strong and attractive Polk autograph.  Presented matted in brown and simply framed in gold.

A fine example of this unusual Presidential military document.