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

To Benjamin F. Butler [1]

Executive Mansion, Washington,
Major General Butler Dec. 29, 1864.

There is a man in Co I. 11th. Conn. Vols. 1 Brigade 3. Division 24th. Army Corps, at Chapins Farm, Va, under the assumed name of Wm. Stanley, but whose real name is Frank R. Judd; and who is under arrest, and probably about to be tried for desertion. He is the son of our present Minister to Prussia, who is a close personal friend of Senator Trumbull and myself. We are not willing for the boy to be shot, but we think it as well that his trial go regularly on, suspending execution until further order from me & reporting to me A. LINCOLN

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[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 273. See Lincoln to Stanton, November 21, 1863. The case of Frank R. Judd is tangled. Following his enlistment in the Eighth Illinois Cavalry on February 6, 1864, he was appointed to West Point, where he reported on June 4, 1864, but left without taking his entrance examination. He enlisted as Frank Judson in the Third Massachusetts Cavalry on July 15, 1864, and was listed as a deserter on September 30, 1864. He enlisted in the Eleventh Connecticut Volunteers under the name of William Stanley on November 26, 1864. See further Lincoln to Ord, January 19, 1865.