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

Endorsement Concerning John W. and Joseph Tatum [1]

November 30, 1864

This paper is presented to me by Friends John W. Tatum, of Del. and Joseph Tatum of New-Jersey, who are satisfied that the statement is correct. Let the men within named, be discharged on affirming according to the oath of Dec. 8. 1863, and that they will remain North. A. LINCOLN

Nov. 30. 1864


[1]   AES, IHi. Lincoln's endorsement is written on the back of an unsigned memorandum, written on Department of Agriculture stationery, November 29, 1864: ``Three Friends confined amongst the Confederate Prisoners at `Point-Look-out'

``Noah Nickols from Yadkin County N.C aged about 45.

``Isaac Davis `` Randolph `` `` `` `` 50.

``Thomas E Davis `` `` `` `` `` ``

``These 3 Friends, were pressed into the confederate army against their will, and conscience; one of them was butted, and gagged, for not help[ing] in the confederate service;---they are willing, and desirous, to take an affirmation ofPage  125 allegiance to the United States---to testify to the Truth of the above, and exhibit some documents in confirmation thereof;---they wish to go, to their friends in Grant County Indiana.''