Lot 77
  • 77

Abraham Lincoln, as sixteenth president

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150,000 USD
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  • Letter signed ("Yours truly A. Lincoln") to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, seeking counsel on the appropriate response to the Fort Pillow massacre of nearly 300  black Union troops
Manuscript letter written in a neat secretarial hand, 1 page (252 x 203 mm) on a bifolium of blue-ruled Executive Mansion letterhead, Washington, 3 May 1864, salutation in Lincoln's hand, "Hon. Secretary of the Navy"; very light discoloration at left margin and small mounting remnant on verso of integral blank from earlier framing.