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Jones, DeL. Floyd (fl. 1848) Affidavit of Lieutenant D. F. Jones 4th Infantry

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02305.01 Author/Creator: Jones, DeL. Floyd (fl. 1848) Place Written: Jalapa, Mexico Type: Manuscript letter signed Date: 26 June 1848 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25 x 19.9 cm.

Swears that he assisted Ulysses S. Grant in counting a bag of money that Grant brought into his quarters in early June. It was exactly $1000. They put it in a bag and Grant said he would place it in the trunk of Captain Alvord, but Jones understands that he later placed it in the trunk of Captain Gore. Signed by DeL. Floyd Jones and by 1st Lieutenant H.D. Waller, Judge Advocate of the General Court Marshall.

The letter is written in Grant's own hand, though it is signed by Jones and Waller.

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