Power of Attorney Appointment of Joseph Dobson, 8 August 18321
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, That I,Joseph Dobsona Private in Capt.A Lincoln’sCompany ofMounted Volunteers—in the Brigade of Illinois Militia, commanded by Gen.Samuel Whitesideslate in the service of the United States by order of the Governor of the State of Illinois, have this day nominated, constituted, and appointed, and by these presents do nominate, constitute and appoint, my friendJulius Regnier of Morganof Sangamon county, and State of Illinois, my true and lawful Attorney, for me, and in my name to ask, demand and receive, of the Pay-Master, who is or may be appointed to pay off the troops on said expedition, my wages or compensation for the same, for me and in my name; to sign such pay rolls or receipts as may be necessary to effectuate the object of the authority, as fully and to the same extent as I myself might do, were I personally present at the doing of the same. And I hereby ratify and confirm whatsoever my said attorney may do touching the premises, by virtue of these presents. In testimony whereof, I have this 8 dayof Augustof June, 1832, hereto set my hand and seal, in presence of
Joseph \ Dobson  seal 
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Bowling Green
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Be it known, That, on this day,Josep Dobsonto me personally known to be the same person described in the within power of Attorney, came before me, the undersigned, one of the Justices of the Peace in and for the County and State aforesaid, and acknowledged the same to be his voluntary act and deed for the purposes therein contained.
Given under my hand and seal this 82th day of^August—^ June, 1832.
Bowling Green J. P.[Justice of the Peace]  seal 
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RECEIVED ofthe full amount of my claim as a [pr]ivate in Capt.Company oflate in the service of the United States, to draw which I have this day executed to. . .my certain power of Attorney of even date herewith.
Witness my hand, June the 1832.

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State of Illinois } SS.
Sangamon County
I A. Lincoln Captain of a Company of mounted volunteers in the Brigade of Illinois Militia Commanded by Gen. Samuel Whitesides do hereby certify that Joseph Dobson whose name appears to the foregoing Power of Atty. is the same individual whose name is on the pay roll of my Company Given under my hand & Seal this thethirtiethday ofAugust1832
A Lincoln  seal 
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Joseph Dobsons Power [of Attorney]
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Dobson $37.74
Lane 37.74
[T. Stout?]— 13.12
Pd to Mr Regniers [& Co?]
1Bowling Green filled in the blanks on page one, which is partially printed. Abraham Lincoln only signed his own name to the endorsement on page two.
At the outbreak of the Black Hawk War, Lincoln volunteered for the Illinois state militia. On April 21, 1832, Lincoln and other men from the New Salem area were mustered into a company in the 4th Regiment of Illinois Mounted Volunteers, and the members of the company elected Lincoln as their captain. When his month of service ended, Lincoln re-enlisted twice, for twenty and thirty days respectively, serving as a private both times. He was discharged finally on July 10, 1832.
Muster Roll of Abraham Lincoln’s Company of Mounted Volunteers; Muster Roll of Captain Elijah Iles’ Company of Mounted Volunteers; Muster Roll of Captain Jacob M. Early’s Company of Mounted Volunteers; Ellen M. Whitney, comp., The Black Hawk War, 1831-1832: Illinois Volunteers, vol. 35 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1970), 1:176-78, 227-30, 544-46.
2“7” changed to “8”.

Partially Printed Document Signed with a Mark, 2 page(s), Box 183, RG 92, Entry 2118: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1792-1929, Part II, Philadelphia Supply Agencies, 1795-1858, Correspondence, Reports, Returns, Bills, Accounts Current, Statements, Receipts, Vouchers, and Contracts (Coxe and Irvine Papers), 1794-1842, NAB.