Civil War-dated DS as president, one page, 15 x 18, March 13, 1863. President Lincoln appoints Francis A. Walker as "Assistant Adjutant General of Volunteers with the rank of Major." Signed at the conclusion by Lincoln, and countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Blue seal affixed to left side remains intact. Beautifully suede-matted and framed with a portrait of Lincoln and a biographical plaque to an overall size of 36 x 27.25. In fine condition.
Francis Amasa Walker was promoted assistant adjutant-general, with the rank of captain on Sep. 14, 1861, in General D. N. Couch's first division, 4th army corps; as adjutant-general, with the rank of major, on Aug. 11, 1862, and lieutenant-colonel on the staff of the 2nd Army Corps on Dec. 23, 1862, serving on the staffs of Generals Couch, Warren, and Hancock. He was severely wounded by a shell at Chancellorsville on May 1, 1863, and after being captured at Reams' station on Aug. 25, 1864, he was confined for a short time in Libby prison. He was brevetted colonel and brigadier-general, U. S. V., for 'gallantry and good conduct,' and was mustered out of service on Jan. 12, 1865, on account of disability resulting from his imprisonment. He later was superintendent of the U.S. Census at 30, one of the first presidents of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), president of the American Statistical Association, and the first president of the American Economic Association, (which, before the days of the Nobel Memorial Prize, would award the 'Walker Medal' to leading economists for lifetime achievements). Walker was also an economics professor at Yale and head of the statistical bureau of the U.S. Treasury.
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