Abraham Lincoln Presidential Signed Appointment for Avery B. Cain, Second Lieutenant, August 1861
Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865). President of the United States (1861-1865). DS, 1p, 12.25 x 16.75 in., with embossed seal affixed upper left. Washington, August 5, 1861. Appointment of Avery B. Cain as Second Lieutenant in the Fourth Infantry. Signed by Lincoln as President (1860-1865) and Simon Cameron (1799-1889) as Secretary of War (1861-1862).
Vermont native, Avery B. Cain enlisted as a 2nd lieut. in August 1861 and was commissioned into the US Army 4th Infantry. He was promoted to 1st lieut.; capt. by brevet, May 1863 (Chancellorsville, VA); capt., October 1863; and major by brevet, May 1864; (North Anna River, VA). The date of Cain's discharge is unknown, but he survived the war, passing away in 1879.
Very good condition, the ink is a little faded but still visible. The president's signature is very dark. Some minor soiling; has not been evaluated outside the frame.