Lincoln and Cameron Document Signed "Abraham Lincoln" and "Simon Cameron", one page, 13.5" x 17", Washington, D.C., August 5, 1861. A partially printed vellum military commission naming James K. Lawrence a captain in the 11th Regiment of Infantry. The document enjoys nice large signatures of the president and his secretary of war amid patriotic vignettes including an eagle, flags and cannon. Exceptionally clean with only light aging and normal folds. Very fine condition. A regular army regiment, the 11th spent most of the Civil War attached to the 5th Corps and saw much combat in the Virginia theatre. Captain Lawrence became a brevet major at Fredericksburg and did survive the war. Lawrence is the namesake and direct descendant of 1812 Naval hero James Lawrence (1781-1813), best remembered for his dying command "Don't give up the ship!" This commission was obtained directly from the family.

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