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Andrew Jackson and Thomas Hart Benton signed document from War of 1812. The document is an order authorizing the deputy quartermaster to make payment on "the (name illegible) account, Nashville, May 3, 1813," signed "Andrew Jackson". The document also notes receipt of the requested amount on May 6, 1813, and is signed "Thomas H. Fletcher" and "Thomas Hart Benton". This document relates to the abortive Natchez expedition of the Tennessee Militia. Governor Blount issued orders for the expedition to the Mississippi Territory in November 1812 under the leadership of Major Jackson. Jackson's troops arrived in Natchez in February 1813, only to be told by Secretary of War John Armstrong that their services were no longer needed. The force returned to Tennessee in late March 1813. It was during this return march that Jackson earned the nickname "Old Hickory" by walking the entire distance so sick soldiers could ride his horse. Thomas Hart Benton served as Jackson's aide-de-camp during the War of 1812, however, only four months after this document changed hands between the two men, Benton and Jackson would be involved on opposite sides of a duel that resulted in Jackson carrying a bullet in his body for decades. Eventually, Jackson was elected President, Benton a senator, and the two put aside the incident to become powerful political allies. 5" x 7 3/4". The document is framed along with a rare engraving of Jackson, "The last likeness of Andrew Jackson painted on ivory by John Wood Dodge and engraved on steel by M.L. Danforth, May 1843." 11 5/8" x 9 1/4", sight. Exhibited Cheekwood Museum of Art, "Nashville Collects", circa 1990. Condition: tear at top, scattered discoloration. Overall framed dimensions: 25" x 16". Provenance: Estate of A. Welling LaGrone Jr., Nashville, Tenn. Condition: Overall toning with some small tears along fold lines. Jackson signature clear and bold, but a tear touches the "k". There is a smudge of discoloration on the Benton signature.