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ABRAHAM LINCOLN AUTOGRAPHED! Excellent 1862 Dated Commission
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Here is a wonderful piece! It is an authentic Civil War US Signal Corps Officer's Commission. What is special about this one is that it is hand signed by the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. This commission is pre-printed on the high quality velum with the blanks filled in with fine brown ink. This commission is dated from May 9th 1862 which is a nice early Civil War date. The document promotes Major Ebenezer S. Sibley to the rank of Colonel by Brevet. The commission measures 13-3/4ths inches wide and stands 17-3/4ths inches tall in overall size. The commission itself is a thing of beauty. It has the Union eagle at the top with the ships in the background. At the bottom it has the God and Goddess image with the clouds in the background as well. At the very bottom it has the cannon design with the flags in the background and it has the original applied green seal. On the right hand side it has the distinctive complete ink full signature of Abraham Lincoln. On the left hand side it has the signature of the Secretary of the War, Edwin Stanton. In the upper left hand corner it has the autograph of Lorenzo Thomas. The records show that Ebenezer Sibley had an impressive history in the U.S. military that lasted for 41 years. Sibley was born on June 6th 1805 and they say he was the last survivor of the Siege of Detroit by the British in 1812. He went to West Point Military Institute and graduated First in his Class of 1827. He graduated without a Demerit. He fought in the Florida War, The Blackhawk War and the Mexican War. When the Civil War broke out he was ordered to Washington and made Assistant Quartermaster General and served until 1864 when he resigned for health reasons. He died on August 14th 1884 and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit. The brief history print out will accompany the commission. There is also a CDV of Sibley in uniform and also an oil painted escutcheon for General Sibley showing all his promotions and awards. The escutcheon is overall in very good condition with some separation along the tack line on one edge. You get all three pieces for the price. This is a wonderful Civil War commission that is beautifully signed by President Abraham Lincoln.

Item #: A9339
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