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

Order Concerning John S. Loveaire [1]

February 1, 1865

Let this man re-inlist for not less than two years, in any regiment, & upon faithfully serving out of which term, or until other wise honorably discharged, he is pardoned for all military offences now past. A. LINCOLN

Feb. 1. 1865


[1]   AES, IHi. Lincoln's endorsement appears on a letter from the Reverend E. D. Saunders, Philadelphia, January 24, 1865: ``Mr. J. G. Loveaire, who desires to make a brief statement respecting his son, rendered me more service, in raising volunteers, than any other citizen of Philadelphia. He is the esteemed Lieutenant of Police in the 15th. Ward. . . .'' The son was probably Private John S. Loveaire, Company B, Eighty-second Pennsylvania Volunteers, sentenced by court-martial on December 28, 1864, ``to be confined at hard labor for the period of two years,'' on the charge of desertion (AGO General Court Martial Orders No. 115, February 25, 1865). No record of the promulgation of Lincoln's order has been found. On February 15, Reverend Saunders wrote Lincoln: ``Your kind response to my application for the pardon of young Levaire (son of Mr. Levaire Lieutenant of Police 15th ward) has been very thankfully received. . . .'' (DLC-RTL).