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    Abraham Lincoln Wartime Autograph Letter Signed, "A. Lincoln". One page, 4.5" x 7.75", Washington, D.C., March 25, 1862, to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. It reads in full: "Executive Mansion March 25, 1862 Hon. Sec. of War, Sir Send me a nomination of Amiel W. Whipple as a Brigadier General of volunteers." Penned on ruled note paper, a few light stains not affecting content, one clipped corner. Overall sound with a bold signature. Fine condition. This letter is listed on page 171 in Basler's "Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln". The subject of the correspondence, soon-to-be Brigadier Whipple, was a career army officer with a background in topographical engineering. Whipple's pre-war experience included surveying the nation's borders with Mexico and Canada. After commanding the Virginia defenses of Washington, Whipple served as topographer under George McClellan and contributed numerous maps to the Union war effort. Amiel Whipple's career ended when he died at Chancelorsville in May, 1865.

    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
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