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Writing to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton on March 15, 1862, President Lincoln advances Jeremiah T. Boyle of Kentucky to "Brigadier General of Volunteers." The retroactive commission takes effect five months prior, on November 9, 1861, though Lincoln originally wrote "1862" before crossing the year out to make the necessary correction. Two vertical filing folds touch Lincoln's well-executed signature on the 5" x 8", EX/MT page, and the brown-ink handwriting grades "9-10" overall. Below, a filing notation in red ink, possibly in Stanton's hand, reads, "Nominated Mch 18. '62." A small mounting remnant resides on the document's reverse. brigadier General Boyle (1818-1871) helped organize the defense of Kentucky and also served as Military Governor from 1862 to 1864. This war-dated document was scripted a mere four days after President Lincoln relieved General George B. McClellan of command over the Army of the Potomac, an action that signified Lincoln's increasing control over high-level personnel decisions as the Civil War progressed. Exceptional content, significant timing, and bold script make this a highly consequential Lincoln document by any measure. LOAs from Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA.
1862 Abraham Lincoln Signed Handwritten Executive Order - Appointing a General Four Days After Removing General McClellan from Command
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