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
- Also with Tukufu Zuberi Independence Trumpet Is a Pennsylvania man's trumpet somehow tied to the Revolutionary War?
- Related Investigation Chisholm Trail Did the Chisholm Trail really run through this small town in Texas?
- Related Investigation General Lee's Farewell Address Could this be a signed copy of one of the most famous documents in the history of the Civil War?
- Also in Civil War: 1850-1877 Calhoun Books Are these the books of the famed intellectual architect of the Confederacy?
- Also in Season 10 1775 Almanac What do these crumbling pages reveal about divided loyalties during the American Revolution?
- Also with Tukufu Zuberi Transistor Radio Is this the oldest transistor radio in existence?
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.