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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A Civil War document signed by President Abraham Lincoln a year before his assassination is up for auction in Syracuse.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that the document is being auctioned Tuesday afternoon at Terri Peters & Associates Auction and Estate Marketing Co. Bidding has begun on the Internet, reaching more than $3,700.

The document signed by Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton appoints Samuel Grisson as paymaster for the Union Army. The 16th president signed it in April 1864, a year before he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford Theatre in Washington, D.C.

The document is owned by Sedona Brown of central New York, Grisson's great-great-great-granddaughter.

Auctioneer Terri Peters-McGraw says Brown took good care of the document, hanging in a dark hallway so it wouldn't fade.

Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com

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