July 20, 2010 by staff
Donner Party:(CNN) – Researchers have made an unexpected discovery among the topics a member of the Donner Party kept in a suitcase on the trip unfortunate group of California: a military document with the writing of Abraham Lincoln in it.
Donner Party member James Reed and his family took the name plates at Lincoln between its precious relics, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum said in a statement released Monday.
A team of librarians, historians and handwriting experts combined forces to confirm that Lincoln had explained one of the documents, which are Lincoln and volunteer soldiers who fought in the Black Hawk War of 1832.
“Often we find documents that detail the fascinating stories about the life of Abraham Lincoln and the times, but it is rare that the document has an intriguing history as having been written,” said Daniel Stowell, director of the Abraham Lincoln Papers . “Part of these documents detail the military service of Lincoln and who accompanied the Donner Party in California makes them doubly significant.”
The four plates include “Private Abraham Lincoln” from the list of the soldiers. In one of them, experts say two half lines and is clearly written in Lincoln’s hand. And the documents show that Lincoln had a value of horse and equipment worth 85 and 15 and, bearing in mind that Lincoln was a tent that was owned by the United States to be returned at the end of their service.
Lincoln wrote the lines, said: “Muster Roll of Captain Jacob M. Earleys Company of Mounted Volunteers gathered outside the United States service by order of Gen. Atkinson U.S. Army on the whitewater rivers of the River Rock July 10, 1832. ”
The documents are part of James Frazier Reed Collection at the California State Library.
Reed’s name appears just below Lincoln on the list. He was one of the members of the organization of the Donner Party, a group of pioneers known for resorting to cannibalism while enduring a harsh winter in the mountains of Sierra Nevada.
He probably inherited the roles of commander of the military company, and took with him when he left Springfield, Illinois, in April 1846 because they were part of his personal history, the Lincoln Presidential Library said.
While historians believe that the accompanying documents of the Donner Party for the entire trip, Reed did not. He was banished from the group after struggling with a road and stabbed to death Monday’s statement said the library.
He left the papers with his wife after being expelled from the party, and “she was easily in her womb to California where the aid of the first relief expedition was to help”, daughter of Martha Jane “Patty” Reed recalls.
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