Album With Lincoln, Grant Autographs Being Auctioned

NEW YORK (AP) -
Presidential re-enactors portray George Washington (R) Abraham Lincoln (C) and Ulysses S. Grant in Simi Valley, California, last month. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Presidential re-enactors portray George Washington (R) Abraham Lincoln (C) and Ulysses S. Grant in Simi Valley, California, last month. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

An album containing the autographs of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and other prominent Civil War-era figures is being put up for sale by a New York City auction house.

Swann Auction Galleries in Manhattan said Wednesday the album was compiled from 1861-1864 by the wife of Egbert L. Viele, a Union Army general from upstate New York, so it could be sold to benefit the U.S. Sanitary Commission, which provided aid to sick and wounded Union soldiers and Confederate prisoners of war.

The album was bought in 1864 for a winning bid of $20,000 by a member of the wealthy Astor family, who immediately gave it back to Teresa Viele.

Other prominent figures from the era who autographed the Viele album include former presidents James Buchanan and Franklin Pierce, Union generals William Tecumseh Sherman and George B. McClellan, and authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Harriet Beecher Stowe.