Washington: War Department, 1865. Attached to cloth along one edge and protected in a cloth-backed card stock portfolio. Very light creasing. Item #11509
Official War Department report on the death of Lincoln and the subsequent swearing in of Johnson. This official document is given only a passing note to its existence in Monaghan; no copies have shown up at auction and only three copies are located through OCLC, illustrating its obvious rarity. "It is hereby announced to the Armies of the United States, that on / Saturday, the 15th day of April, 1865, by reason of the death of / Abraham Lincoln, the office of President of the United States / devolved upon Andrew Johnson, Vice President, who on the same / day took the official oath prescribed for the President, and entered / upon the duties of that office. / By Command of Lieutenant General Grant: / W.A. Nichols, / Assistant Adjutant General." A fine example of this rare and important Civil War broadside. Monaghan, 780 (note).