Abraham Lincoln writes an 1864 pass to City Point

08 Jul

Extraordinary war-dated handwritten pass as president, signed “A. Lincoln,” 3.25 x 2, December 28, 1864. In full: “Allow Mr. Gray & one other to pass to City Point & return.” A collector’s notation below the signature identifies Lincoln as the president. In fine condition, with mild soiling. Originates from the estate of Major General Walter E. Brinker, via the estate of Amos Hart Evans. Evans served in the Ninth New Jersey Infantry for three years during the Civil War, beginning in 1861, and rising to the rank of captain in his regiment. City Point was the location of General U. S. Grant’s headquarters throughout the Civil War, and President Lincoln had telegraphed him there on the date this pass was written. A fabulous presidential Lincoln piece from an important date in the war, as Sherman had just completed his ‘march to the sea’ and captured Savannah, Georgia. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.


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