Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Lt. Col. Glenn. Executive Mansion
Commanding Post at Washington,
Henderson, Ky. Feb. 7. 1865

Complaint is made to me that you are forcing negroes into the Military service, and even torturing them---riding them on rails and the like---to extort their consent. I hope this may be a mistake. The like must not be done by you, or any one under you. You must not force negroes any more than white men. Answer me on this. A. LINCOLN