Offered is an exclusive custom collage celebrating Abraham Lincoln. The collage features a signed military commission at right, dated February 5, 1862. The document is an engraved broadside on vellum and features Lincoln's signature prominently at bottom right. The original document appoints Joseph C. Audenried to "First Lieutenant in the Sixth Regiment of Cavalry." The official document is countersigned by the Secretary of War "Edwin M Stanton" and includes an embossed blue paper seal. Decorative vignettes were done by by J. V. N. and C. H. Throop at the head and foot of the paper. The signed document is accompanied by a chromolithograph of Abraham Lincoln by E.C. Middleton from 1865. The portrait was published out of Cincinnati, Ohio.
This military commission was issued by President Abraham Lincoln to Joseph Audenried, who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1861. Audenried was ultimately promoted to Colonel by President Ulysses S. Grant. He later joined the staff of General William Tecumseh Sherman in October 1863 and remained as a trusted aide to Sherman until his own death in 1880. Lincoln's signature appears boldly aside that of the Secretary of War, affirming the commission, signed "Abraham Lincoln." This collage serves to celebrate all that Lincoln brought to the Union cause as well as the significant strides the made towards unity until his untimely death in 1865.
Overall very good condition. Signature appears clearly at bottom right of commissioning document. The vellum sheet has some slight wear along center fold line and slight loss at left side. Some fading to ink is noticeable. Paired with a chromolithograph from 1865 of Lincoln, which is in good overall condition besides slight fading to coloration. Both elements are framed together in a custom, archival frame.
Framed dimensions: 32" H x 46 1/2" W x 2" D.
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