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LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Partly-printed vellum Document Signed, as President, military commission appointing Levi Ward Smith Hospital Chaplain. Countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. 19 3/4x16 inches; faint foxing and few tiny holes at folds, docketing at upper left recto, paper seal intact, Lincoln signature bold. Washington, 24 March 1863
Levi Ward Smith (d.1863) served in the NY State Assembly, 1849-50, and as Adjutant-General for NY Governor Washington Hunt, 1851-52, before becoming a Protestant Episcopal minister. Smith was appointed Hospital Chaplin in March of 1863, taking charge of the military hospital at Germantown, PA, only to perish from disease 9 months later.
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