Memorandum Concerning Edward Middleton 
When evidence shall be brought to me, with this paper, that the father has procured a substitute who shall have been duly mustered in, I will discharge the son. A. LINCOLN
Sep. 27. 1864
 AES, OSHi. Lincoln's endorsement was written on a request from E. C. Middleton for exchange and discharge of his son Edward Middleton, Company I, Fourth Ohio Volunteers, age sixteen, who had enlisted as a bugler but had been assigned duties as a private before being captured. The father offered to furnish a substitute.