October 1861 double signed document by Senator/Colonel Edward D. Baker, who would shortly be killed at Ball's Bluff!
A long-time close friend of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Baker served as U.S. Army colonel during both the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War. Baker was killed in the Battle of Ball's Bluff while leading a Union Army regiment, becoming the only sitting senator to be killed in the Civil War.
The document itself is for the disbursement of funds from the estate of Captain James W. Lingenfelter, including payment for his coffin and grave digging!
Lingenfelter, who was the first Oregonian to die in the civil war, had been shot in the head by a confederate sharpshooter on September 21st, 1861.
Baker boldly signs twice, once in pencil and a second time in ink. In very good condition as shown.
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