Lincoln Documents Discovered

Long before he was president, Abraham Lincoln served as a captain during the Black Hawk War. Now researchers have discovered documents signed by the young soldier.
The documents are discharge papers that Lincoln signed for members of the Fourth Illinois Mounted Volunteers. The papers let men claim land bounties for their service in the 1832 conflict with American Indians.
Lincoln later said he was more gratified at being elected an officer by his fellow soldiers than by any other position he ever won.
The papers were found at the National Archives by an assistant editor for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, a project of the Lincoln Presidential Library.
The editor, David Gerleman, also found an 1855 affidavit from Lincoln confirming the service of another soldier. (AP)

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