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JULY 2006

PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S LETTER
TO SECRETARY OF WAR EDWIN M. STANTON REGARDING
THE
PARDON OF PRIVATE ISAAC P. BAIRD

President Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln's Letter re; the Pardon of Pvte. Isaac P. Baird

Executive Mansion

Washington, August 12, 1863

Hon. Sec. of War:

Mrs. Baird tells me she is a widow, that her two sons, and only support, joined the army, where one of them still is, that her other son, Isaac P. Baird, is a private in the 72nd Penn. Vols. Baxter’s Fire Zouaves, Co. K; that he is now in prison at Fort [italicized phrase crossed out] under guard with his regiment, on a charge of desertion; that he was under arrest for desertion, so that he could not take the benefit of returning under the proclamation for [italicized word crossed out] on that subject – Please have it ascertained if this is correct., and if it is, let his [italicized word crossed out] him be discharged from arrest and go to duty – I think too, he should have his pay for duty actually performed. Loss of pay falls so hard upon poor families.

Yours truly,

A Lincoln