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

Order Concerning David Levy [1]

January 12, 1865

If David Levy shall enlist and serve faithfully for one year or until otherwise honorably discharged I will pardon him for the past. A. LINCOLN.

Jan. 12, 1865.

Annotation

[1]   Isaac Markens, Abraham Lincoln and the Jews (1909), p. 48. On January 10, 1865, James W. Bowen, provost marshal of the Tenth District, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, wrote Lincoln: ``The bearer, Mrs. Maria Davis, of this District,Page  214

visits Washington, with the view of obtaining a pardon of her son, David Levy, a member of Co. L. 3d Regt. Penna. Cavalry, who is absent without leave. . . . From her statement . . . it will appear that he was induced to desert by an older comrade. . . . The family have already suffered, by the death of two of its members, a husband and son . . . while in the Service. . . .'' (DLC-RTL).

According to Markens, in 1902 Levy's application for a pension was denied on the basis of his record of desertion; whereupon, ``He immediately wrote to the Bureau that he was pardoned for that desertion by President Lincoln and as evidence of the fact he forwarded to the Pension Office a small card . . . whereon was written in his well-known handwriting: [text as above]

``Upon receipt of this Eugene F. Ware, the Commissioner of Pensions, ordered that the pardon be recognized. . . .''