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1795 William Henry Harrison Northwest Indian War Signed Provision Order with "Indian Prisoners" Content

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Lieutenant William Henry Harrison served as aide-de-camp to General Mad Anthony Wayne at the 1794 Battle of Fallen Timbers—a U.S. victory over the Native American and British forces that ended the Northwest Indian War and opened Ohio to settlement. One year later, on August 3, 1795, the Treaty of Greenville was officially signed, and it is there, at Greenville, OH, where Harrison issued this provision order for the "Indian Prisoners" who were captured at Fallen Timbers. It reads, "Head Quarters Greenville March 3rd 95 / The Quarter Master will issue one pint of Whiskey to the Indian Prisoners at this place." Measuring 7-3/4 x 2-3/4", the document displays an impressively bright, clean presentation with a lower-left corner chip; lower-left spot of paper thinning; small slit at center right; and typical filing folds. Harrison's dark-ink signature rates "8-9" strength. Due to his tragically brief presidential tenure, Harrison's autograph "as President" is the rarest and most desirable of all Chief Executive signatures, commanding upwards of $100,000. This early example from his military career represents a nice alternative with strong historical content from the Indian Wars. Auction LOA from JSA.

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