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

To Edwin M. Stanton [1]

Hon. Secretary of War. Executive Mansion
My dear Sir. Washington Jan. 25. 1865

About Jews. I wish you would give Dr. Zacharie a pass to go to Savannah, remain a week and return, bringing with him, if he wishes, his father and sisters or any of them. This will spare me trouble and oblige me. I promised him long ago that he should be allowed this whenever Savannah should fall into our hands.

Blumenberg, at Baltimore. I think he should have a hearing. He has suffered for us & served us well---had the rope around his neck for being our friend---raised troops---fought, and been wounded. He should not be dismissed in a way that disgraces and ruins him without a hearing. Yours truly A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, NHi. Stanton replied on the same day: ``An order for leave to Zacharie as directed by you has been issued & sent to Mr Nicolay. In relation to [Leopold] Blumenburg---I had no knowledge of the proceedings in his case they having transpired during my absence, but the Provost Marshal reports that he was removed for cause of which a statement will be furnished you. Among other things one charge was cruelty in gaging men to make them confess they were deserters. This charge General Fry reports was fully established.'' (DLC-RTL).

An undated letter from Dr. Isachar Zacharie (cataloged in the Lincoln Papers in December, 1864) seems certainly to have been written after January 25, 1865: ``I leave on Saturday per steamship Arago for Savannah where I hope to find my Dear old Father and friends---if you have any matters that you would have properly attended to, I will consider it a favour for [you] to let me attend to it for you. . . .'' (Ibid.).

Major Leopold Blumenburg, Fifth Maryland Infantry, wounded at Antietam and later appointed provost marshal of the Third District in Maryland, had been dismissed from the service on January 17, 1865.