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Pierce, Franklin (1804-1869) [Commission of Robert G. Cole]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03083 Author/Creator: Pierce, Franklin (1804-1869) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 31 March 1853 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 44 x 35 cm.

Summary of Content: Cole was named Second Lieutenant in the Eighth Regiment of Infantry. Signed by Franklin Pierce as President and Jefferson Davis as Secretary of War. Cole was later Lee's engineer at Gettysburg. White and red papaer seal on upper lefthand corner. Docket in red pen on upper lefthand corner.

People: Cole, Robert G., fl. 1863-1864
Pierce, Franklin, 1804-1869
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentMilitary HistoryInfantryConfederate General or Leader

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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