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    Abraham Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed as presidential candidate. "A. Lincoln." One page, 5" x 8", Springfield [Illinois], June 8, 1860. Addressed to the Hon. P. A. Hackleman, the short letter concerns the upcoming presidential election. It reads in full:

    "Dear Sir,
    Your letter of the 5th is duly received, and for which I thank you. The account you give of the doings as Chicago is very much the same as that given me by the delegates of our own state. I shall be pleased to hear from you at any time.
    Yours very truly,
    A. Lincoln

    The letter exhibits two horizontal fold creases, the bottom of which is torn cleanly three-quarters of the way. Edges are heavily toned. Text is bold, clear, and beautifully written. Accompanying envelope measuring 5.5" x 3" and is addressed by Lincoln to "Hon. P. A. Hackleman/Rushville/Indiana" with two postal stamps. Top edge is torn away from opening.

    Threats of secession had been a feature of American politics since the beginning of the United States itself. With the acquisition of large swaths of territory by the United States in the mid-1840s, as a result of the annexation of Texas and the end of the war with Mexico, the debate over the expansion of slavery intensified, further fueling the fires of secession. With the election of Abraham Lincoln of the upstart Republican Party as president of the United States on November 6, 1860, the southern states made good on their threats and seceded from the United States, plunging the country headlong into civil war.

    Pleasant A. Hackleman (1814-1862) was a lawyer from Indiana that served as a delegate to the National Republican Convention in Chicago that was responsible for the election of Abraham Lincoln as the Republican candidate for the 1860 presidential election. After the outbreak of the Civil War, he was given a commission as a colonel of the 16th Regiment Indiana Volunteers. He was a participant of the Battle of Ball's Bluff and promoted to brigadier general. He was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division of the Army of the Tennessee. His division was attached temporarily to the Army of the Mississippi near Corinth, Mississippi. The Confederates attacked on October 3 and Hackleman was mortally wounded, having been shot through the neck. He died later that day. A dress sword, presented to him by "the Non Comd Officers & Privates/of the 16th Regt Indiana Vols" four months prior to his death, is also offered during this auction.

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    November, 2011
    12th Saturday
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