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1864 Abraham Lincoln Civil War Letter in Framed Display
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $16,240.00
One-page handwritten and signed letter by Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), sixteenth President of the United States. This memorandum is well documented, having been chronicled in The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln by Basler (Rutgers University Press, 1953). In his note, dated March 31, 1864 and penned in black ink upon official Executive Mansion stationery, Lincoln takes a firm stand against one of his military officers. The memorandum is written entirely in Lincoln's hand and reads in full: "Today I verbally told Col Worthington that I did not think him now fit for a Colonel; and now upon his urgent request, I put it in writing. A. Lincoln." There is some slight smudging to the word "verbally" in the first sentence, otherwise both the text and signature are essentially flawless and grade "10." Signed little more than a year prior to the close of the Civil War, this letter finds Lincoln displaying resolute conviction regarding the assessment of one of his officers, Colonel Worthington. Worthington, a Colonel with the Ohio Forty-sixth Infantry, was dismissed in 1862 by Gen. Schenk and his record was mistakenly listed as "resigned." Worthington wrote an unpleasant and disrespectful letter to Lincoln demanding to get his record cleared, resulting in this response to the situation by Lincoln. The letter (5 x 8 inches), written on the front side of a fold-over sheet, displays a few slight areas of discoloration as well as one vertical and two horizontal fold lines, along the lengths of which exist a few tears. A small circular 1/4-inch tear is also present on the front page. Despite these minor condition flaws, the text and signature are virtually unaffected and contrast strongly against the light background of the stationery. This is a strong Lincoln letter, ideal for display, with a flawless signature. It is particularly desirable also because it is a well-documented note regarding a specific situation, and relates to his official duties as Commander In Chief during the heart of the Civil War. The letter is beautifully and very expensively framed together with a color illustration of Lincoln to total dimensions of 25 x 27.5 inches. LOA from Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000. SOLD FOR $16,240.00
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