A handwritten note by Abraham Lincoln, written on April 5, 1865 - just days before his assassination, sold for $15,757 at RR Auction on August 13.
It relates to a captured Confederate general named Rufus Barringer. Lincoln visited him during his incarceration and, impressed with his manners, wrote this short missive allowing him to receive well-wishers.
It reads in full: "Will the Sec. of War please see & hear Gen. Barringer of N. C. & oblige him if you consistently can in seeing some friends."
Barringer became a suspected conspirator in the assassination when the president was killed just over a week later, as he was among the last people to see him alive.
We have these fragments of wallpaper from Abraham Lincoln's bedroom available.
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