Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant autographs up for auction

An historic album containing the autographs of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and many prominent Civil War-era figures is to go for auction in New York.

Abraham Lincoln autograph for sale in New York

Abraham Lincoln autograph for sale in New York Image by Gage Skidmore / CC BY 2.0

The auction house, Swann Auction Galleries in Manhattan, state that the archival book was compiled between 1861-1864 by the wife of Egbert L. Viele, who was a Union Army general from New York state.

General Ulysses S Grant whose autograph is up for sale in New York

General Ulysses S Grant whose autograph is up for sale in New York Image by Paukrus / CC BY 2.0

Mrs Teresa Viele collected the handwritten letters from famous political, military and literary figures and the autographs with the intention of selling them to benefit the U.S. Sanitary Commission in 1864. This group provided help to the sick and wounded Union soldiers and Confederate prisoners of war. At the time, the historic ledger was bought for $20,000 but was then returned by the buyer to Mrs Viele.

The New York Daily news reports that the album is expected to make somewhere between $80,000-$120,000.

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