There are so many reasons to celebrate Honest Abe this week. From Spielberg’s new film Lincoln to the Thanksgiving holiday, the great emancipator is certainly on the brain. This signed endorsement will be on auction amongst other rare letters and signatures, November 29.
FREEDOM FOR CONFEDERATE PRISONERS LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Autograph Endorsement Signed, “A. Lincoln,” as President: “Let these men take the oath of Dec. 8. 1863 & be discharged,” clipped from a larger sheet.
Lincoln’s Proclamation of American Reconstruction granted a full pardon to rebels willing to swear that they would “support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Union of the States.”