Document signed in full as President, 1p, vellum, 16¾ x 13¾ in., Washington, 3 Mar. 1865. Countersigned by Gideon Welles as Secretary of the Navy. Appointing William G. Temple a Commander in the Navy. Very good; some soiling and wear to vellum; one horizontal fold passes through the Lincoln's signature, which is a little light but quite legible. Matted with a portrait of Lincoln and framed to an overall size of 37 x 22½ in.
William J. Temple was appointed to the Navy from Vermont in 1840. He served in the Mexican War, was commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander in 1862, was Fleet Captain of the Eastern Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1863, commanding the steamer Pontoosuck, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-65. He took part in the attack on and capture of Fort Fisher, the capture of Fort Anderson, Fort Lee, and Wilmington, North Carolina, and the bombardment of the Confederate batteries at Dutch Gap. Lincoln appointed him Commander with this document.
Estimated Value $4,000 - 6,000