Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
A. Executive Mansion
Washington Oct. 10. 1864

I was present at Fort Stevens (I think) on the afternoon of July 12th. 1864, when some houses in front were shelled by our guns, and understanding that the Military officers in command thought the shelling of the houses proper and necessary, I certainly gave my approbation to its being done A. LINCOLN