LINCOLN, Abraham, President. Partly printed document signed ("A. Lincoln") as President, countersigned by Secretary of War Simon Cameron, Washington, D.C., 21 April 1862. Folio, PRINTED ON FINE PARCHMENT, accomplished in manuscript, elaborately engraved heading "The President of the United States," with large American eagle, engraved text, at bottom a large vignette of flags, cannon and military paraphernalia, blue papered seal at top left, small rust stain at top, ink a bit pale. Appointing Lewis O. Morris a Captain in the first Regiment of Artillery. -- POLK, James K. (1795-1849). Two partly printed documents signed as President ("James K. Polk"), countersigned by Secretary of War W. O. Marcy, Washington D.C., 12 and 14 February 1848. Folio, PRINTED ON FINE PARCHMENT, similar to the preceding, both in fine condition. Appointing Lewis O. Morris 1st and 2nd Lieutenant respectively in the First Regiment of Artillery.
LINCOLN AND POLK APPOINTMENTS FOR THE GREAT-GRANDSON OF NEW YORK SIGNER LEWIS MORRIS, LATER KILLED AT COLD HARBOR
A very interesting small archive relating to two military figures, both killed in action and both direct descendants of Lewis Morris (1726-1798), eldest son of the proprietor of Morrisania (the present-day Bronx), a New York delegate to the Continental Congress and Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Lewis Owen Morris (1829-1862), the young officer who is the subject of the Lincoln and Polk appointments, was the great-grandson of the Signer. His grandfather, Staats Morris, had served briefly in the Army (discharged 1802); his father, Lewis Nelson Morris, attended West Point (class of 1817), served in the Black Hawk War and fought gallantly in the Mexican-American War, winning brevets at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, Texas; he was killed in action at the battle of Monterey, 21 September 1846. Lewis O. Morris did not attend West Point, but made a career of the army and served through the Civil War, rising to the rank of Colonel of the 7th New York Artillery before his death in the battle of Cold Harbor, 4 June 1864.
Accompanying the above are 14 additional documents relating to Lewis O. Morris and his father, including a copy of the Albany Journal, reporting the Battle of Cold Harbor, a copy of the New York Herald, reporting on the Mexican war (6 May 1848), Morris's letter, 1847 accepting his commission as 2nd Lt., his letter thanking a group of officers for the gift of his late father's sword ("It was a Christian hope that my father would return home from the field of War..."), a letter dated 24 March 1847 ordering him to report for duty, a letter to Mrs. Lewis O. Morris from fellow officers of the 7th Artillery (3 March 1863), and other papers. (17)