Lot 465: Unique arrangement of dried flowers presented to a Union soldier by President Lincoln at the beginning of the war, affixed to a 4.5 x 6 card with a period ink description at the bottom, "These flowers presented to Christian E. Rahr of Co. B. 5th Reg. M. V. M. in the White House garden by President Abraham Lincoln in the first part of May 1861." Framed to an overall size of 5.5 x 9. In fine condition. Accompanied by an extensive packet of research material on Rahr. He enlisted in the 5th Massachusetts on April 19, 1861, and his regiment was in Washington on April 29. A copy of his 1910 obituary is present and mentions that he received flowers from Lincoln upon enlisting in the Union Army. An incredible memento presented from the president to one of his soldiers as the war between the states began.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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