A document signed by President Abraham Lincoln in the weeks after the Battle of Antietam has been returned to the National Archives.

A November 1862 letter signed by three surgeons in Hagerstown, Md., asking Lincoln to appoint a chaplain to tend to wounded and dying soldiers after the battle — and Lincoln's signed approval — were returned to Archives officials Thursday. Auctioneer Bill Panagopulos, who helped negotiate the return, handed the documents over to David Ferriero, archivist of the United States.

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