It’s a piece of the past that echoes today, given the current situation in Ferguson, Missouri.
A recently-discovered, unpublished Lincoln family letter written nearly a year before his assassination is being made available by a Philadelphia-based historic documents dealer.
While many historians concur the bombardment on Fort Sumter triggered the start of the Civil War, there is a document President Abraham Lincoln signed just days after the event that is actually considered the legal launch of the bloody conflict between the states.
The Raab Collection in Philadelphia said Tuesday it is selling the document, which it calls one of the most important in American history. The asking price is $900,000.