Abraham Lincoln Appoints Naval Surgeon
1p, measuring 13.5" x 17" (sight), Washington, D.C., dated April 1, 1862. Boldly signed by Lincoln as "Abraham Lincoln", appointing "William T. Plant…an Assistant Surgeon in the Navy." Countersigned by Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles. With patriotic motifs at the top and bottom margin. A white paper seal is adhered at the lower center. The document has been matted and framed to the overall size of 23.75" x 27.5". folds, creaming, and tears at the center; very restorable. Uneven toning throughout and light soiling. Lincoln's signature is clear but lighter towards the end.
Very little could be found on William Plant, but we did find that he was at one point assigned to the "Powhatan" and detached from the assignment on July 29, 1865. He officially resigned from his position on October 4, 1865. Gideon Welles (1802-1878), nicknamed "Father Neptune", served as Secretary of the Navy from 1861 to 1869. Welles was a key player in successfully carrying out the Anaconda Plan, which created a blockade around the Confederate coastline.
This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.
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