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

Endorsement Concerning William D. Briggs [1]

March 20, 1865

This boy is pardoned for any desertion from the land service heretofore committed upon condition of faithfully serving out his term in the Naval service. A. LINCOLN

March 20, 1865


[1]   AES, IHi. Lincoln's endorsement appears on a letter of John R. Briggs, Jr., assistant clerk of the House of Representatives, to Senator James Harlan, March 14, 1865, asking his influence to obtain a pardon for his son William D.Page  367

Briggs, who had deserted from Company M, Second Illinois Light Artillery, and enlisted in the Navy in March, 1864. Lincoln's pardon was promulgated in AGO Special Orders No. 156, April 1, 1865.