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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) [Military commission of Edward O. C. Ord to Brigadier General of Volunteers]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00208 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Printed document signed Date: 28 January 1862 Pagination: 1p. : Docket ; 49.9 x 40.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Lincoln's appointment of Ord, countersigned by Secretary of War Stanton. Ord was ordered east from California to assume his new command, and soon after won one of the Union's earliest victories at Dranesville, Virginia. Lincoln signed in full: "Abraham Lincoln." Endorsed by Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas. Annotated in top left corner concerning recording date, etc. Decorated with a patriotic engraving by J.V. N. and C. H. Throop.

Background Information:

Full Transcript: To all who shall see these presents greeting:
Know Ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity, and abilities of E O C Ord I have ...nominated, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint him Brigadier General of Volunteers in the service of the United States: to rank as such from the Sixteenth day of September eighteen hundred and Sixty one. He is therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of Brigadier General by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging.
And I do strictly charge and require all Officers and Soldiers under his command, to be obedient to his orders as Brigadier General And he is to observe and follow such orders, and directions, from time to time, as he shall receive from me, or the future President of the United States of America, or the General, or other superior Officers set over him, according to the rules and discipline of War. This Commission to continue in force during the pleasure of the President of the United States, for the time being.
GIVEN under my hand, at the City of Washington, this Twenty-eight day
of January in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred
and Sixty two and in the Eighty-sixth year of the Independence of
the United States.

By the President, Abraham Lincoln
Edwin M Stanton
Secretary of War.

Recorded Vol. 1[7]. page 39.
Adjt Genl's Office
January 28th. 1862.
L. Thomas
Adjt Genl.
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People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: PresidentMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion GeneralCivil War

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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