LINCOLN, ABRAHAM

An 1862 Military Appointment Countersigned by Secretary of War Stanton

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LINCOLN, ABRAHAM - An 1862 Military Appointment Countersigned by Secretary of War Stanton
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LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. (1809-1865). Sixteenth president of the United States.DS. (“Abraham Lincoln”). 1p. Folio. Washington, February 21, 1862. Military appointment of CHARLES E. FARRAND (1835-1900) as captain of the 11th Infantry Regiment effective October 24, 1861. A highly decorative appointment printed on vellum, headed “The President of the United States of America” and embellished with military iconography. Bearing a fine, undamaged, blue paper seal. Additionally signed by Secretary of War EDWIN M. STANTON (1814-1869).

 

One of the America’s most important and revered statesmen, Lincoln rose from humble beginnings to become a lawyer, legislator and, finally, president of the United States. Just one month following his inauguration, in April 1861, the nation was engulfed in war when the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter in April 1861. The new president had to raise an army and called on each state to raise a militia to recapture federal property seized by the Confederate states. A military draft was not held until 1863, when the need for soldiers could no longer be fulfilled by volunteers alone.

 

Farrand, a graduate of West Point and the son of a U.S. Naval officer (who, interestingly, “achieved the rank of commodore in the Confederate Navy during the Civil War,” (“Fiddler’s Green: Charles E. Farrand,” Crossed Sabers blog, http://crossedsabers.blogspot.com/2008/09/fiddlers-green-charles-e-farrand.html)) became an Infantry Lieutenant following the May 1861 establishment of the 11th Infantry Regiment at Fort Independence, Massachusetts. Farrand spent some time commanding Company C, of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry before he took his post because of the large number of resignations that decimated the military’s command after the South seceded. Farrand fought as a cavalry commander at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek in August 1861, earning General John C. Frémont’s recognition for his “distinguished…gallant and meritorious conduct.”

 

In March 1862, Farrand and the 11th Infantry Regiment deployed to Washington where it spent much of 1862 engaged in the battles of Yorktown, Mechanicsville, Malvern Hill, Second Bull Run, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. Farrand became Major General William S. Rosecrans’ aide-de-camp in October 1862. For the remainder of the war, the 11th Infantry Regiment fought at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, and helped secure Richmond after the Confederate surrender. Farrand left the military in 1871 and died in Colorado.

 

Stanton served as Lincoln’s secretary of war beginning in 1862, and after Lincoln’s assassination was charged with both hunting down his killer and planning the president’s funeral.

 

Heavy folds, including one that passes through Lincoln’s slightly faded signature; Stanton’s signature is light. Matted and framed but not examined out of the frame.

 

 

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Detail of Signature

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