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#24 - Abraham Lincoln

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President Lincoln reviews the case of a court-martialed colonel

ANS as president, signed “A. Lincoln,” one page, 3.25 x 2, January 17, 1865. In full: “Send me the papers in the case of Lieut. Col. J. P. Foster.” In fine condition, with mild soiling to edges and a subtle brush to last letter of the signature. This must refer to James Prentice Foster of the 129th NY Volunteers, who had been dismissed from the Union Army by court-martial and was petitioning to be reinstated. Foster had served with particular valor at the Battle of Fisher’s Hill in late September 1864, in addition to a number of other skirmishes. He is mentioned several times throughout the comprehensive History of the 128th Regiment published in 1894 by David Henry Hanaburgh, though the court martial is not discussed. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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