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1864 Abraham Lincoln Signed Military Commission
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $8,812.50
Abraham Lincoln document signed as President, on vellum, Washington, D.C., March 4, 1864. This is a particularly impressive Presidential military document, dating from the heart of the Civil War, beautifully showcasing the signature of one of America's greatest Presidents. Countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton ("4/5"). This document is a official commission appointing one Carnum H. Hill to the rank of "Assistant Quartermaster of Volunteers with the rank of Captain." As is the case with every military commission signed by the President, it features his full signature, “Abraham Lincoln” ("4/5"). 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 in the military. 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, making this style of document particularly ideal for display. The original green paper seal remains firmly attached at the top. In very fine condition, perfectly flat, with only very light soiling, and light folds from being sent by dispatch or through the mail. Overall in Very Good to Excellent condition. Dimensions: 15.5 x 19.25 inches. Framed to total dimensions of 17.5 x 21.25 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $8,812.50
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