Nov 17, 2020 - Sale 2551

Sale 2551 - Lot 45

Price Realized: $ 18,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 25,000
CONSCRIPTING TROOPS FOR AMERICA'S FIRST NATIONAL DRAFT LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Partly-printed Document Signed, as President, ordering New York to furnish 2,050 troops under the Enrollment Act of March 3, 1863. 1 page, 4to, "Executive Mansion" stationery, with integral blank; expert repair to seal tear at upper edge, remnants of hinging at upper corners of terminal page, uncommonly bold text and signature. Washington, 10 August 1863

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Signed in the weeks following the New York City draft riots.
An act of Congress provided for drafting soldiers for the first time in U.S. history in July, 1863. That act enabled those who could afford the $300 exemption payment to avoid service, which led to the New York City "Draft Riots," which, from July 13-18 claimed hundreds of lives, saw countless buildings burned, and an untold number of reprisals directed against Blacks.

At a cabinet meeting held the day this order was signed, the President read a letter from Horatio Seymour, Governor of New York, requesting postponement of the draft; Lincoln's reply was a refusal to do so.