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    Provost Marshal's Office Countersign Password Document. 5" x 8" manuscript document on letterhead of "Headquarters Provost Marshal's Office, Washington, D.C." dated November 17, 1863 with matching Official Business envelope, hand carried to the "Field Officer of the Day". The document marked "Confidential" at the top, simply gives the military countersign "Woodstock" for Tuesday, November 17, 1863. During the Civil War, the Capital was basically a huge armed camp and even civilians often needed passes or permission from sentries to get in and out of the city. Members of the military would be challenged for the countersign and risk arrest on suspicion if they did not know it. This item is dated one day before President Lincoln left for Gettysburg to deliver his immortal address and on the very day that most of his official Washington guests left for that hamlet. Normal folds to letter. Envelope lightly soiled and trimmed close on the left side.

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