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President Abraham Lincoln, Engraved document signed as President of the United States, Washington, D.C., March 6, 1863, 1 page, large portfolio, on fine parchment, Presidential blue paper seal, elaborately engraved, partly accomplished in manuscript, finely engraved with the bold heading "The President of the United States of America" beneath with an American eagle in flight, holding olive branch and lightening bolts with the "E. Pluribus Unum" motto; at bottom of the sheet large vignette of crossed flags, cannons, pikes, bayonets, and other military paraphernalia, imprint at bottom right: "Engraved by J. V. N. and C. H. Throop, Washn. City". This is a commission in which President Lincoln appoints Thomas McDill an "Assistant Quartermaster of Volunteers," with the rank of Captain. The document is countersigned by Secretary of State Edwin M. Stanton. 

1863 is a very significant year because President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address and the Proclamation of Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Day).