Highly desirable war-dated partly-printed DS as president, one page, 15.5 x 9.75, November 4, 1812. President Madison appoints Asa Axtell as “Second Lieutenant of Volunteers in the service of the United States.” Boldly signed at the conclusion by Madison and countersigned by Secretary of War William Eustis. The paper seal affixed to the lower left remains fully intact with light toning. Intersecting folds and some noticeable foxing and dampstaining, otherwise fine condition; all writing and both signatures are extremely crisp and bold for a document of this era. On this same date, Madison sent his final State of the Union address to Congress, most of which focused on the war effort and included strong support for the volunteer troops, who were often poorly compensated and short on supplies. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.