Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Benjamin F. Butler [1]

Major Gen. Butler Executive Mansion,
Butlers Hd Qrs. Va. Washington, Oct. 14, 1864.

It is said that Captain Joseph R. Findley of Co. F. 76. Penn. Vols. has been summarily dismissed the service for supposed skulking. Such representations are made to me of his good character, long service, and good behavior in many battles as to induce the wish that you would re-examine his case. At all events send me a statement of it as you have A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 204. Butler replied the same day: ``My order and a Report on the case of Capt Jos P Findley will bePage  48

sent by Mail. It has never been my misfortune to get so disgraceful a case of skulking'' (DLC-RTL). The roster of the Seventy-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteers lists Captain Joseph R. Findley as discharged on October 4, 1864.