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

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[1]   ES and AES, DNA WR RG 153, Judge Advocate General, NN 2361. Lincoln's endorsements appear on the court-martial record of Charles Brady, Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteers, sentenced for absence without leave, to three years' imprisonment at hard labor and to have branded on his left hip the letter ``D'' three inches high. Holt noted that the sentence was ``excessively harsh.'' The first endorsement is in Hay's handwriting but signed by Lincoln.