REPORT: Rare item linking Abraham Lincoln to the NRA shows up at auction

APRIL 15, 2018

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A rare link between former President Abraham Lincoln and the National Rifle Association has appeared at auction, and collectors are already bidding up the price.

Alexander Historical Auctions, the Maryland-based auction house that focuses on U.S. and international historic artifacts, is offering Lincoln’s hand-signed appointment of a Civil War captain who later became the co-founder of the NRA and its second president.

It is important to note that the article goes on to state the following:

“Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity, and abilities of William C. Church I have nominated, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint him Commissary of Subsistence, with the rank of Captain,” reads part of the 1863 document, also signed by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.

Church started the first military newspaper, the “Army and Navy Journal,” but is better known for co-founding the NRA with lawyer George Wood Wingate in 1871.

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