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Attractive Abraham Lincoln Signed Military Appointment, For Indian Fighter 1864

1p of vellum partially printed, measuring 14.5" x 18" (sight), Washington, D.C., dated July 1, 1864. A beautiful military appointment boldly signed by Lincoln as "Abraham Lincoln" and countersigned by Edwin M. Stanton. The document appoints "Delavan D. Perkins…Assistant Adjutant General with the rank of Major…" With two handsome military vignettes at top and bottom. A blue paper embossed seal is present at the upper left. At the top left corner is a handwritten docket reading "Recorded volume - page 20. Adjutant General's Office. July 1, 1864" and signed by E.D. Townsend. The document has been matted and framed, along with a plaque and photograph of Lincoln, to the overall size of 32.75" x 26.75". With flattened folds, and areas of additional creasing and warping. Light toning and soiling throughout. Bold Lincoln and Stanton's signatures are clear and bold.

Delavan D. Perkins was a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from July 1, 1845, to July 1, 1849, when he graduated and was promoted in the Army to Bvt. Second Lieutenant 2nd Artillery. He was initially posted at Fort Monroe, Virginia, but would go on to serve in various capacities from mathematics professor at the academy to fighting the Seminole Indians in Florida, to frontier duty at Fort Leavenworth, quelling outbreaks of violence in Kansas. In early 1861, Perkins and a group of recruits reported to Fort Washington, fearing for its safety during the turbulent times before the start of the Civil War. He reportedly advised his men, to "Guard vigilantly against surprise or violence which may be apprehended from lawless out breaks." During the war, Perkins served as an Aid-de-Camp to the Twelfth Army Corps.

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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