Boldly penned Civil War-dated autograph endorsement as president, signed "A. Lincoln," penned on the reverse of a one-page letter addressed to Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas by Pennsylvania Congressman Charles O'Neill, dated August 9, 1864. O'Neill's letter, in part: "My friend Mr. Robert T. King, a very prominent citizen of Philadelphia, desires a leave of absence for his son Liuet. R. T. King of the 15th U.S. Infantry, who has just left the Hospital at Lookout Mountain, after a very severe spell of sickness and is now on light duty near that locality." Lincoln's endorsement, dated August 10, 1864, in full: "Sec. of War, please give Lieut. King the leave of absence for thirty days as requested." In very good to fine condition, with light splitting and toning along the folds, and some old tape to the blank panel.
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