DescriptionAbraham Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed "A. Lincoln" as President, one page, 5" x 8". On Executive Mansion stationery, Washington, June 17, 1862. To "Hon. Sec of War" [Edwin M. Stanton]. In full, "Send me a nomination for Gustavus A. Scroggs, of New-York, as a Brigadier General of Volunteers." On June 18th, Secretary of War Stanton wrote to President Lincoln, in full: "I have the honor to propose for your approbation the following-named person for appointment in the Volunteer force now in the service of the United States: Gustavus A. Scroggs, of New York, to be brigadier-general." That same day, President Lincoln wrote to the U.S. Senate, "I nominate the person named in the accompanying list for appointment in the Volunteer force, as proposed by the Secretary of War" making it appear that the appointment was on Stanton's recommendation. Gustavus A. Scroggs had served as Erie County Sheriff before the war (1859-1861) and had organized the 100th Infantry Regiment in Buffalo between September 1861 and January 1862. Part of his regiment was called the Eagle Brigade. The 100th took part in the battles of Williamsburg, Fort Oaks, Malvern Hill, Morris Island, Petersburg, and Fort Gregg, among others. Scroggs later served as Provost-Marshal of the 30th district of New York. The letter has a light vertical fold to the left of Lincoln's signature; there is also an almost indiscernible vertical fold, nicking the "L", between the "i" and "n" of "Lincoln." The letter, in very fine condition, is tipped to a 10.5" x 14.25" sheet. Accompanied by a 7.25" x 9.5" engraved portrait of Lincoln affixed to a 10.5" x 14.25" sheet.
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