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

Endorsement Concerning Daniel Coyle [1]

December 29, 1864

If this man's Colonel will say in writing on this sheet that he is willing to receive him back to his regiment, I will discharge & send him. A. LINCOLN

Dec. 29. 1864.


[1]   Lincoln's endorsement appears on a letter from Daniel Coyle, Company K, Fifth New York Heavy Artillery, December 26, 1864. Coyle was arrested for desertion on June 6, 1864, returned to duty during July and August, and tried by court-martial on November 21. Coyle's letter, written from Old Capitol Prison, carries no endorsement by ``this man's Colonel.''