Matthew Brady Vintage Photograph of Dixs Autograph Order IF ANYONE ATTEMPTS TO HAUL DOWN THE AMERICAN FLAG SHOOT HIM ON THE SPOT

$7,500.00

Matthew Brady’s Carte-de-Visite Photograph (Albumen Print)  of John A. Dix’s Telegram January 29, 1861. New York: Matthew Brady, 1862. President Lincoln’s election on Nov. 6, 1860 drove the Southern States to secession. Then United States Secretary of the Treasury, John A. Dix, was anxious that one of his revenue cutters would accomplish the scheduled gold pick-ups prior to mutiny or secession, as the crews were from various States with varying loyalties. The text Matthew Brady photographed reads as follows:

“Treasury Department January 29, 1861

Tele[gram] Lieut[enant] Caldwell

To arrest Capt. Breshwood assume command

of the cutter and obey the order I gave

through You. If Capt. Breshwood

after arrest undertakes to interfere

with the command of the cutter. Tell

Lieut Caldwell to consider him

a mutineer treat him accordingly.

If anyone attempts to haul

Down the American Flag Shoot

Him on the spot —

John A. Dix

Secretary of Treasury.”

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Dix’s Autograph Order IF ANYONE ATTEMPTS TO HAUL DOWN THE AMERICAN FLAG SHOOT HIM ON THE SPOT January 29 1861. Matthew Brady’s Carte-de-Visite Photograph (Albumen Print)  of John A. Dix’s Telegram January 29, 1861. New York: Matthew Brady, 1862. President Lincoln’s election in 1860 drove the Southern States to secession. Then United States Secretary of the Treasury, John A. Dix, was anxious that one of his revenue cutters would accomplish the scheduled gold pick-ups prior to mutiny or secession, as the crews were from various States with varying loyalties. The text Matthew Brady photographed reads as follows:

“Treasury Department January 29, 1861

Tele[gram] Lieut[enant] Caldwell

To arrest Capt. Breshwood assume command

of the cutter and obey the order I gave

through You. If Capt. Breshwood

after arrest undertakes to interfere

with the command of the cutter. Tell

Lieut Caldwell to consider him

a mutineer treat him accordingly.

If anyone attempts to haul

Down the American Flag Shoot

Him on the spot —

John A. Dix

Secretary of Treasury.”

A  rare Brady image of a very famous original document that is believed  lost. Secretary Dix’s phrase, “… if anyone attempts to haul down the American Flag shoot him on the spot” is remembered as one of the most  famous American cris de guerre from the American Civil War. Condition  fine.

 

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Brady, Matthew

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Dix's Autograph Order IF ANYONE ATTEMPTS TO HAUL DOWN THE AMERICAN FLAG SHOOT HIM ON THE SPOT January 29 1861