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

To Charles A. Dana [1]

Will Mr. Dana please see this young lady, and let her know the grounds on which her friends are detained at Fort-Warren.

Sep. 21. 1864 A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, DLC-RTL. Dana endorsed, ``These men are confined as bushwhackers, guerrillas, and persons who cannot be at large consistently with the publicPage  16

safety. They were 50 committed on the recommendation of Gen. [John H.] Martindale.'' The young lady was Maggie K. Ryan, who wrote Lincoln on September 28, 1864:

``According to your orders I have atlass succeeded in getting the charges of my friends and have also had them disputed, as you will see which is all that I could posibly do and now my onely hopes is with you who I am in hopes will faivour thair release---in regard to my intercesion in thair behalf you will allow me to state that it is an intimacy from childhood and knowing them inocint of any crimes subjecting them to the misiries and sufferings they have undergone for the last twelve mounths

``Again I am bitroth of Geo. W Jamison the last act of my dieing Mother was to join our hand with a pray for our union which was to have been the thirtieth of Sept 1863 I am an orphand of poor but I am happy to say honerable ancestors I cam to this city a perfect stranger the 31 of March with the hope of affecting the release of my friend it was by the persuation of their Mother and sisters that I ever undertook sutch a task I am here now without . . . homer friends or money and I trust that you having the power you have to make One happy for life would not see them sink to misery and shame.

``With the hopes that you may condesend to think your humble applicant worthy of your consideration I am with respect you most Obedient'' (DLC-RTL).

George W. Jameson and David Jameson, imprisoned in Fort Warren, were citizens of Culpeper, Virginia.