DescriptionPresident Abraham Lincoln Autograph Endorsement Signed Regarding Appointment of General Daniel J. McCook who was killed at Kennesaw Mountain. This is a fascinating document that contains a handwritten notation and signature of President Abraham Lincoln dated November 9, 1861. The letter concerns the appointment of Captain Daniel McCook as General George B. McClellan's chief of staff. McCook would later become a Union general and die at Kennesaw Mountain. The endorsement by Lincoln is on verso and reads: "I desire that the appointment of Daniel McCook, Jr. as within requested may be made at once, unless there be some strong reason to the contrary, not known to me. A. Lincoln Nov. 9, 1861"
The document also has signed endorsements from Colonel Robert B. Mitchell, then colonel of the 2nd Kansas and later a general in the war. R. B. Marcy, himself a general during the war, signs for General McClellan. Measuring 7.75" x 10", this letter is in fine condition with handwriting on front and back. President Lincoln's note and signature is the final approval given to the appointment. It comes with a hardbound gray slipcover with engraved lettering.
The appointee, Daniel McCook, Jr. was from Ohio and had enlisted at the start of the war. An attorney by trade, he had graduated from the University of Alabama but had returned home to practice law with two future generals, William T. Sherman and Thomas Ewing, Jr. He would rise through the ranks to brigadier general, a promotion he received posthumously after being mortally wounded leading the charge up Kennesaw Mountain. He would have two brothers and a cousin reach the rank of general as well. They would become known famously as the 'Fighting McCooks'. This unique note and signature by President Lincoln was penned for a brave man who gave his life for his country.
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