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    Boston Corbett Clipped Signature with Rank Added in His Hand and Photograph. Corbett, the man who killed John Wilkes Booth, was a sergeant in the 16th New York Cavalry, the unit that finally cornered Lincoln's assassin on a Virginia farm. Since no orders preventing it had been given, Corbett was never disciplined for shooting Booth, and he shared equally with his fellow troopers in the federal reward money. Declared insane after brandishing a gun in the Kansas state legislative chamber where he was a doorkeeper, Corbett was declared insane. He soon escaped from his asylum -- and from history as well, since he was never heard of again. The verso of the signature contains later pencil-written notes; very fine. The photograph has pencil-written notes on verso, too, plus mounting remnants; fine.

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    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
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