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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) [Promotion of Henry Eugene Davies to Major General]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03113 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 21 March 1865 Pagination: 1 p. : vellum : docket ; 44.7 x 35.2 cm.

Official document promoting Davies, signed by President Lincoln and countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. Partially printed from an engraving, with blanks filled in by hand. Features two detailed patriotic scenes and a blue paper seal from the War Office. Docketed at top by Assistant Adjutant General E. D. Townsend on March 22, 1865.

President of the United States of America,
To all who shall see these presents greeting.
Know ye That I do hereby confer, on Henry E. Davis of the U.S. Volunteers in the service of The united States by and with the advise and consent of the Senate the rank of Major General BY BREVET, in said service, to rank as such from the First day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Sixty four, for fallout and distinguished conduct during the present campaign before Richmond, and more particularly in the battle on the Vaugh Road.
And I do strictly charge and require all Officers and Soldiers under his command to obey and respect him accordingly: 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 and other Officers set over him according to law. And the rules and discipline of war: This Commission to contain [illegible] 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 first day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Fifty five and in the Eighty ninth year of Independence of the United States.

Abraham Lincoln
By the President
Edwin M Stanton
Secretary of War

Recorded Volume 4. Page 2.
Adjutant-General's Office
March 22, 1865
E.D. Townsend
Asst. Adjt. Genl.

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