On March 4, 1865, President Lincoln delivered his famous "Malice Toward None" Second Inaugural Address. A mere three days later, he signed this very certificate appointing George W. King to Second Lieutenant. Ten days after that, on March 17th, John Wilkes Booth hatched his first assassination plot for a theater show that Lincoln ultimately did not attend. And then April 14th saw Booth's second plot carried out at Ford's Theater on one of the darkest days in American history.
Beyond its highly significant time frame, this 12 x 14-1/2" document also boasts the visually dramatic heading, "Abraham Lincoln - President of the United States of America," and a desirable full-name signature example, "Abraham Lincoln." The Railsplitter's script technically rates about "5" strength, but would likely be a "7" were it not for the heavy toning and wear in the surrounding area. Additional toning, spotting and general aging necessitates an overall grade of FR/GD. That said, however, it is difficult to impugn any surviving document signed by Lincoln as President—especially one so near to the tragic end of his life. An important and impressive artifact, ideal for prominent framed display. Full LOA from JSA. NOTE: This item has a reserve (estimated value $4000-$6000).