- A military commission signed by Abraham Lincoln as President during the U.S Civil War in March 1863
- Signed just two months after he issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
Sixteenth President of the United States (1809-1865), Abraham Lincoln successfully led the country through its greatest constitutional, military and moral crisis – the American Civil War (1861-1865).
Lincoln is credited with piloting the Union to victory and ending slavery in North America.
He was assassinated at the close of the Civil War in April 1865.
A U.S military commission, partially printed on vellum and dated March 6, 1863.
The document measures 13.5 x 17.25 inches and is beautifully illustrated with the engraved eagle, military cannons and U.S flag vignette.
The original embossed, blue paper War Department seal remains intact.
In good condition, with intersecting storage folds, a hint of mild scattered soiling and wrinkling (one very light wrinkle touching first name of signature) and a slightly irregular top edge.
Portions of the handwritten text are faded but remain legible.
President Lincoln signs 'Abraham Lincoln' just below the partly printed text.
Lincoln's signature is clear, fully legible, and otherwise unaffected.
The document is also signed by Edwin M. Stanton, Lincoln's Secretary of War.
The commission is for Thomas H. McDill as Assistant Quartermaster of Volunteers with the rank of captain.
Records show that McDill (1815-1889) was a native of Crawford County, Pennsylvania who moved to Wisconsin in 1840.
He ran lumbering, sawmill, and mercantile businesses in the town of Plover, and later served as a county judge and member of the Wisconsin state assembly.
A superb piece of American history, signed by one of the nation's greatest Presidents.
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