Allan Pinkerton

Allan Pinkerton, Abraham Lincoln's Detective and Secret Service Agent, Civil War Dated + Signed Letter.

Allan Pinkerton, Abraham Lincoln's Detective and Secret Service Agent, Civil War Dated + Signed Letter.


Single page autograph letter signed, 7.75" x 4". Dated "Washington, D.C., December 5, 1863". Signed by Allan Pinkerton as "Allan Pinkerton". Near fine with faint handling marks and a small separation along fold line.



" … I leave for Philadelphia Saturday night-and expect to be West about Wednesday or Thursday."



Pinkerton, was known for his keen detective work along with two others that thwarted an assassination attempt on Lincoln at the time of this 1861 Inauguration, and then subsequently formed an early version of the secret service.


Just before the outbreak of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th president of the United States. His inauguration was to take place on March 4th 1861. At this time Lincoln was in Springfield Illinois and had to travel by train to the capital for the inauguration. Many people in the north did not like Lincoln and he received many threats on his life. Some people were determined not to let him take the oath of office and were planning to assassinate him while he was en route to the inauguration in Washington D.C. There were many plots against Lincoln, however the one which gave authorities the biggest concern occurred in Baltimore, Maryland. Allan Pinkerton along with two other detectives were assigned to investigate the threat in Baltimore.

Once the Civil War was in full force, by 1862 Union General George McClellan worked with Allan Pinkerton to form an early version of the secret service. Pinkerton sent these Civil War spies into southern territory to acquire intelligence about the Confederates army. Pinkerton not only sent agents but he personally went south in an effort to gather intelligence for the northern war effort. Pinkerton was a staunch abolitionist and was eager to end slavery and the rebellion. In order to help keep his identity secret he used the alias Major E.J. Allen in all of his correspondence with Union commanders.


An important and rare piece

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.




Item: 66602

Price: $3,000.00
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