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Missing Lincoln Documents returned to National Archives

This Inside the Vaults video short tells the story of formerly missing letters between President Abraham Lincoln and Union surgeons that appeared in the auction catalogue of a rare documents dealer and were returned to the National Archives in 2011. The letters are dated shortly after the Battle of Antietam occurred: Union surgeons wrote to President Lincoln requesting that he appoint a chaplain to serve the wounded, dying and dead in hospitals near Hagerstown, Maryland. Lincoln approved the request and appointed The Rev. Henry Edwards. The documents were removed from the Archives at some unknown time, perhaps when they were still in the custody of the War Department, and they were returned by Bill Panagopulos of Alexander Auctions, Inc. Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at
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