Abraham Lincoln, Autograph Endorsement on Card, Signature
LINCOLN PASS TO A UNION-HELD TOWN
IN NO. CAROLINA
POSSESSES A STRIKING CIVIL WAR STORY
Montgomery Meigs was the Union Quarter Master General during the Civil War and perhaps the most underrated person in the war, given the scope of his accomplishments.
Certainly this pass was issued for Charles H. Foster of Salisbury, N.C. Foster had written Abraham Lincoln Autograph Signature on Endorsement on Montgomery Meigs letter.
Ward Lamon on August 9, 1861 on the subject of raising a regiment of loyal North Carolinians, if it could be equipped. Foster, an unconditional Union Candidate, was elected to congress for the First Congressional District of North Carolina in November, 1861, under a provisional state government which later collapsed. Congress denied him his seat on the ground that he had received only 400 votes in a district of 9,000 voters. On August 31, 1861, Lincoln had written to Simon Cameron, “Respectfully submitted to the War Department, with the remark that if arms were in the hands of a Union Regiment in N.C. they probably would not remain in their hands long.” Obviously Foster was again trying to raise a brigade a year later.
Lincoln, Abraham. Autograph Endorsement on a card, signed “A. Lincoln.” [Washington, DC]: 15 August 1862. Attached to an Autograph Letter, signed of Montgomery Meigs, Quarter Master General of the Army, on QM Office imprinted stationery. Lincoln orders Meigs: “Quarter Master General, please give the bearer, Mr. Foster, a pass to Newbern, N.C.” Meigs then writes a note: “All Quarter Masters will respect, the request of the President on the card attached. / M C Meigs / Q.M.Genl.” Meigs had the card attached to his note by a ribbon and his red wax seal.