1861 MILITARY APPOINTMENT, SIGNED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS PRESIDENT
LINCOLN, Abraham. Engraved document signed. Washington, 10 August 1861. Single vellum sheet (15-1/2 by 19-1/2 inches), partially printed and finished in a secretarial hand, embossed blue paper seal; floated, matted, and framed with Lincoln portrait, entire piece measures 45 by 32 inches. $17,000.
Splendid Lincoln Civil War document appointing Albert Hartsuff as "Assistant Surgeon," countersigned by Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, with fragile paper seal present, beautifully matted and framed with a large engraved portrait of Lincoln.
Albert Hartsuff was born in Seneca Falls, NY, on February 4, 1837. He studied medicine at the State University at Castleton, Vermont. He became a hospital surgeon, and pursued his postgraduate work in New York, at the Marine Hospital. As the present document shows, he entered military service an Assistant Surgeon in 1861. Hartsuff was brevetted Captain and Major for meritorious service during the Civil War, and continued to rise steadily through the ranks over the course of his military career. In 1900 he was made Colonel and Assistant Surgeon General, and in 1901 he retired as Brigadier General. During his years of service, he was stationed at West Point, New Orleans, and on the Pacific Coast as well as Fort Wayne. He was also attached to the Department of the East and to the Military Department of Missouri. This commission is handsomely engraved with two military vignettes, one of an emblematic eagle and the other an army motif with crossed flags, cannon, and other accouterments of war. Docketed in red ink in upper left-hand corner.
A very handsome framed document, boldly signed, in fine condition.