The Royal Oak Museum, Michigan has a note that appears to be signed by Abraham Lincoln.
The note reads: Let John S. Ennis, named as within, take the oath of Dec. 8 and be discharged. The words are scribbled on the back of a square cut from an unfamiliar document. This message coupled with the document reveal a key Civil War practice history textbooks often overlook.
The museum’s curator, Muriel Versagi wants to know the provenance of the note and whether it could have really been penned by Lincoln. She knows people try to pass Lincoln forgeries all the time, so she asks for the help of History Detectives host Tukufu Zuberi in verifying the signature.
Lincoln Presidential Library
112 N. Sixth St.,
Springfield, IL 62701-1310
Royal Oak Historical Society
1411 W. Webster
Royal Oak, Mi, 48073
Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of Amnesty
- Related Investigation John Adams Book Was this book a gift from John Adams to his son?
- Also with Tukufu Zuberi Birth Control Box Could this unusual wooden box be an early contraceptive device?
- Related Investigation Clara Barton Letter What does this letter reveal about America's early efforts to honor its war dead?
- Also in Civil War: 1850-1877 Civil War POW Photos Were these pictures made in a Civil War prison with a home-made camera?
- Also with Tukufu Zuberi The Disappearance of Glenn Miller In 1944, bandleader Glenn Miller boarded a plane for Paris and was never seen again. What happened?
- Also in Civil War: 1850-1877 Old Fire Station Did President Ulysses S. Grant stop by a New Jersey firehouse on the centennial of America?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.