Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Abraham Lincoln Autograph Endorsement Signed "A. Lincoln" as president. One page, 8" x 10", June 22, 1863. The sixteenth president endorses this discharge certificate for twenty-three-year-old Private William Holschoh (also spelled Holzhuch) in full, "I shall be very glad if this man, disabled in our service, can get some employment for a livelihood. [signed] A. Lincoln June 22, 1863." The document bears a stamp in the upper left which reads, "Bounty Paid Washington, D.C. Jun 27 1867 D. Taylor Paymaster U.S.A." The verso contains several other endorsements and signatures, besides the president's, some in red ink. The first reads, "Hd.qrs. 8th Army Corps, Balto. Md. June 8th 1863. To be discharged By command of Maj. Gen Schneck." Below the president's endorsement, a Brigadier General Augustus Moor[?] signs an instruction to a captain on June 28 to "give this . . . [illegible] man employment."

    Before the Civil War, Holschoh, a native of Germany, was a shoemaker. In June 1861, only weeks after the war began, the young immigrant enlisted in F Company in the 28th Ohio Infantry. After receiving wounds at the Battle of Antietam in September 1862, his left arm was amputated. Surgeon Henry Palmer signed this discharge at York, Pennsylvania, on June 9, 1863. President Lincoln was busy the day he endorsed this document: he made two appointments, sent reports and letters to some of his generals, and he began his summer stay near Washington at Soldiers' Home. Yet in the midst of all of this, he still found time to attend to a disable soldier.

    The document has been professionally repaired at the separated folds using Japanese tissue and wheat starch paste. The repairs do not interfere with any of Lincoln's handwritten text or signature. Moderate surface soiling, foxing, and some stains, are evident, possibly the results of being carried in the veteran's pocket following the war.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2010
    14th-15th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,869

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold on Oct 15, 2010 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 2 days left to consign to the 2021 June 9 - 10 Rare Books Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage Auctions and Mr. Chad Reingold were...professional and courteous in all transactions and provided outstanding service in answering my many emails. I recommend them at the highest level.
    Killy M.,
    Melbourne Beach, FL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search