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    [Abraham Lincoln]. Lavinia "Vinnie" Ream Autograph Letters (2) Signed with Related Papers. Two letters, each measuring 5.5" x 7.25" and addressed to James Edwin Powell. The first letter, six pages, dated February 10, 1861, signed "Vinnie", and the second letter, three pages, dated September 17, 1861, signed "Cas-ca-da". Friendly and routine content.

    Ream is best known for her sculpture of Abraham Lincoln, from life, the only woman to do so. Ream was only 16 when President Lincoln sat for her, during the final months of his life. The ever-jealous First Lady took an immediate dislike to her, and when Ream secured a contract to sculpt a state of Lincoln for the U.S. Capitol, Mrs. Lincoln practically ordered Alphonso Donn, to whom she had given the suit the president wore on the night of the assassination, not to loan it to Ream. Regardless, Ream's statue was unveiled in 1871 to considerable acclaim.

    Lieutenant James E. Powell served with the 25th Missouri. Prior to the Battle of Shiloh, near Pittsburg Landing, Powell was sent out on patrol after Confederate factions were spotted in the vicinity. On April 6, 1862, Powell led the morning patrol where he and his company engaged with the enemy. It is reported that he was hit eleven times throughout the day before being struck down. He was buried on the battlefield.

    Condition: Letters range from good to very fine, with toning throughout and usual mail folds. Light wear and soiling in places.

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