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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) [Appointment of Ormsby M. Mitchel as Brigadier General of Volunteers]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01821 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 6 February 1862 Pagination: 2 p. : vellum : docket; 50 x 37.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Signed by Abraham Lincoln as president; countersigned by Edwin M. Stanton as Secretary of War, and endorsed by Lorenzo Thomas as Adjutant General on 7 February 1862. On verso, contains a note in pencil relating that this document was given to a previous owner by Mitchel's grandson., "Given to me by O. M. Mitchell, June 10 1903 grandson of within and to be returned to him if I die before he does." Blue seal on top left corner. Docketed in pink ink on top left corner.

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 Ormsby M. Mitchell 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 ninth day of August, 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 sixth day of
February 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.

[docket]
Recorded. Volume 17 Page 40.
Adjutant General's Office.
February 7. 1862.
L. Thomas
Adjt. Genl:
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People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869
Thomas, Lorenzo, 1804-1875
Mitchel, O. M. (Ormsby MacKnight)., 1809-1862

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: PresidentUnion ForcesUnion GeneralCivil WarMilitary History

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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