Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Deposition Made for Additional Bounty Land [1]

State of Illinois,} August 21, 1855

Sangamon County. }SS.

On this 21st day of August A.D. one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five, personally appeared before me, a justice of the peace, within and for the county and State aforesaid, Abraham Lincoln, aged 46 years, a resident of Sangamon County in the State of Illinois, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Abraham Lincoln, who was Captain of a company, in the regiment of Illinois Mounted Volunteers, commanded by Col. Saml. M. Thompson, in the war with the British band of Sacs and other Tribes of Indians on our Northwestern Frontier in A.D. 1832 known as the ``Black Hawk War''---That he Volunteered at the state and county aforesaid on or about the 21st. day of April 1832 for no definite time, and continued in actual service in said war for about 40 days, that he has heretofore made application for bounty land, under the act of September 28, 1850, and received a land warrant, No. 52, 076, for forty (40) acres, which he has since Located and cannot now return.

He makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the additional bounty land to which he may be entitled under the act approved the 3d day of March, 1855. He also declares, that he has never applied for nor received, under this or any other act of Congress, any bounty land warrant except the one above mentioned.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   DS, DNA RG 15 A. The document bears also attestations of Simeon Francis and Edward Clark and certifications by Josiah Francis and N. W. Matheny.