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

Endorsements Concerning William Elmore [1]

September 14, 1864

If this man's Colonel will say in writing on this sheet that he is willing to receive him back into his regiment I will pardon and send him. A LINCOLN

Sep. 14. 1864

According to the foregoing, this man is pardoned and ordered to his regiment. A LINCOLN

Oct. 10. 1864

Annotation

[1]   AES, owned by Herman Smith, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Lincoln's endorsements are written on the back of a certificate signed by Justice of the Peace Frederick A. Boswell, Washington, D.C., September 14, 1864: ``This is to certify that I know William Elmore, a private Soldier in Company D, Second DistrictPage  6

of Columbia, who was convicted by Court Marshall and sentenced to be confined at fort-Delaware. he has a wife and one child who is perfectly destitute and any thing that can be done for her relief would be a charitable act.''

Apparently William Elmore's wife could not get action from the commander of the regiment. Following Lincoln's first endorsement, she wrote, ``Col will you Be so kind as to take William Elmore Back in the Regiment he is in prisen at fort Delaware Col the presdent sa if you would be willing to take him back in the Regiment he wold pardon him i have got a little Child an no one to help me look on this sheet you will see the president writing Col you must ancer me on this note and send it back as soon as you can to me

``Col will you be so kind to me as to take him back as I have no frends in Washinton no one to help me Mrs Frances C Elmore''

On October 11, Elmore was ordered to be released and returned to his regiment (AGO Special Orders No. 342).