AES, RPB. Lincoln's endorsement appears on a letter to Stanton signed by members of the Y.M.C.A. of Elmira, New York, November 4, 1864, recommending appointment of Reverend Thomas S. Dewing as hospital chaplain. Acting Surgeon General C.H.Crane, endorsed on January 17, 1865: ``There is a General Hospital at Elmira, NY, to which no Chaplain has been appointed.'' Dewing was nominated as hospital chaplain at Elmira on January 23, and his appointment was confirmed on February 20.