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1862 Abraham Lincoln Signed Officer's Commission
Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $5,800.00
Abraham Lincoln document signed as President, on vellum, Washington, D.C., December 31, 1862. This is a particularly impressive Presidential document beautifully showcasing the signature of one of America's greatest Presidents. Countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. This document is a commission for one Oscar Miner as an Adj. Gen. of Volunteers with the rank of Captain. This document, engrossed on the final day of 1862, was but one of numerous activities to occupy the President. He hosted a special Cabinet meeting that morning to make final revisions to the Emancipation Proclamation, which would be issued the following day, January 1st. He met with General Burnside on war matters, signed the Act admitting the state of West Virginia into the Union, and did his best to obtain intelligence on the new engagements in Tennessee, including the Battle of Murfreesboro (Stone's River). As the case with every military commission signed by the President, it features his full signature, "Abraham Lincoln" ("7/8"). Lincoln held the belief that any man risking his life for the Union deserved the respect of having the Commander-in-Chief personally sign, with exceptional care, his promotion. The officer's commission for captain document features an elaborately engraved vignette containing all the elements of the Great Seal of the United States, with the words, "The President of the United States of America," as its banner. This is a beautifully signed example with a very strong signature. In very fine condition, with only very light soiling and light folds from being sent by dispatch or through the mail, otherwise in overall Excellent condition. This is a gorgeous Abraham Lincoln signed officer's commission, ideal for display as intended. Dimensions: 14 x 18 inches. Very professionally matted and framed to total dimensions of 24 x 30 inches. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $5,800.00
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