Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Civil War Major General John A. Dix

John A. Dix (1798-1879) held a stellar career as Major General during the Civil War, and serving as Secretary of the Treasury in 1861, U.S. Senator, and the Governor of New York.

As Secretary of the Treasury, Dix sent a telegram to Treasury agents in New Orleans ordering: "If any one attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot." The telegram was intercepted by Confederates, thus never delivered to the Treasury agents. However, the text did find its way to the press and Dix became one of the first heroes of the North during the Civil War.

Gorgeous stock dated 1850s of the Mississippi & Missouri Railroad Co. An exceptional Southern stock. Very slight hole cancel at signature. Excellent Condition. Scarce!

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