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

To Joseph Holt [1]

[c. March 13, 1865]

Although this is an old case I do not perceive that the Judge Advocate General has reported on it. Will he please report on thePage  354 evidence, fully, as to the 3rd. Charge and Specification, which seems to me to be the controlling one? A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   AES, DNA WR RG 153, Judge Advocate General, NN 1785. Lincoln's endorsement appears on a letter of Lafayette S. Foster, March 13, 1865, in behalf of John H. Lester, convicted on charges of manufacturing arms for the enemy, endeavoring to give aid and comfort to the enemy, and treasonable and disloyal conduct. He was sentenced to imprisonment at hard labor for ten years and to forfeit all property. Lincoln had referred the papers in this case to Holt on January 12 (DNA WR RG 153, Judge Advocate General, NN 1785). See Lincoln to Lorenzo Thomas, March 16, infra.