To James B. Steedman 
Chattanooga, Tenn. Washington, Sept 15. 1864
Mrs. McElrath, of East Tennessee is here saying she has been sent away by your order, and appealing to me to allow her to return to her home. I have told her I will if you say so. What say you? A. LINCOLN
 ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 168. No reply from General James B. Steedman has been discovered, and Mrs. McElrath has not been identified.
On October 27, however, Nathaniel G. Taylor wrote Lincoln of Mrs. McElrath's return to Knoxville: ``Mrs McElrath (widow of Major McE. late of the rebel army) who recently had an interview with you at Washington, waited on . . . Brig Gen. S[amuel] P. Carter at Knoxville E.T. to take the oath of Amnesty, and speaking of yourself stated `When Gen. Carters name was mentioned President Lincoln remarked ``that he did not think Genl. C. was any better friend of his than she Mrs McE. was''. . . .' '' (DLC-RTL).