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Thursday, December 20, 1832.+-

New Salem, IL.

Governor John Reynolds commissions Lincoln as a captain of a rifle company in the Thirty-first Regiment of Illinois Militia. Thomas Wigginton is also commissioned captain and Coonrod Elmore second lieutenant. Commission Records, 1809-1836, 15:485, 1830-1843, 16:19, Adjutant General Records, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Executive Record, 1832-1837, 2:13, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Wayne C. Temple, Lincoln’s Arms, Dress and Military Duty During and After the Black Hawk War (Springfield: State of Illinois Military and Naval Department, 1981), 17.