• Letter from Catharine Myers to Abraham Lincoln, Forwarded to Thaddeus Stevens

    This letter from Catherine Myers to Abraham Lincoln requests that her son be discharged from the army. Lincoln forwarded the letter to Thaddeus Stevens, who approved the discharge. Lincoln was regularly sent requests for discharges and pardons. This can be seen in the last section of this item, where Lincoln initially wrote "Pardon," but then crossed it out and wrote "Discharged."

  • Letter from S. Trumbell to Abraham Lincoln, with Response

    This letter contains a brief recommendation from S. Trumbell regarding another letter writer. This other writer was likely a Confederate, possibly a soldier seeking to be released from prison. The oath Lincoln refers to was in the Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, which Lincoln issued on December 8, 1863. This proclamation allowed for the pardon of all but high ranking Confederates. Lincoln approved the discharge in this case.

  • Fragment of Correspondence between Andrew Johnson and Abraham Lincoln

    Fragment from Andrew Johnson saying "8th of December 1863." Lincoln refers to the oath and approves the discharge of the un-named man. They are referring to the Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, which Lincoln issued on December 8, 1863. This proclamation allowed for the pardon of all but high ranking Confederates.

  • Recommendation Letter to Abraham Lincoln for R.K. Williams

    This letter to Lincoln recommends R.K. Williams be appointed to a federal judgeship.

  • Letter to Abraham Lincoln from Arthur O. Brickman

    This letter was written by Arthur O. Brickman to Abraham Lincoln regarding his appointment as Chaplain to First Maryland Regiment of Cavalry. Brickman had been elected to this role, but, due to circumstances, was not mustered. He had been serving in this role unofficially, and is requesting that Lincoln appoint him to the role. Brickman refers to other men involved in this issue, including Major General John A. Dix and General Simon Cameron. Brickman also describes his pro-Union activ…