The lithograph facsimile of Abraham Lincoln's handwritten Emancipation Proclamation that was offered in our Signature Fall Auction
is at the crossroads of several disparate chapters of American history.
When Fort Sumter fell to the Confederacy in April of 1861, it took women on the Union home front less than two weeks to mobilize aid for the medical care and support of their soldiers. But the best of intentions only go so far without funds, and so creative Union philanthropists began to look in all directions to raise money for the food, clothing, and medical supplies needed for the war effort. And of course, who wouldn't want to buy a rare copy of one of the most important documents in our country's history? Follow along below to find out how Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation cropped up during and after the war in more ways than one.