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President Abraham Lincoln agrees to release a Confederate prisoner

President Abraham Lincoln agrees to release a Confederate prisoner

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Lincoln endorsement written on the fourth page of an autograph letter signed of P. Golden from Bangor, Maine to John H. Rice of Washington dated 29 December 1864. Golden asks that a cousin John Murphy, a prisoner of war, be discharged. Golden explains that Murphy was forced into Confederate service and tried to escape but did not succeed. He had to rejoin under another name in the 42nd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry, where he was taken prisoner. He is being held at Point Lookout in Maryland. Calls Murphy a "true Union man" and refers Rice to Vice President Hannibal Hamlin for further information about the support Golden gave to the Union throughout the war. Hamlin and Rice sign stating that the man should be discharged. Lincoln signs and orders that the man take the oath of Dec. 8, 1863 swearing his allegiance to the Union and be discharged.
Lincoln endorsement written on the fourth page of an autograph letter signed of P. Golden from Bangor, Maine to John H. Rice of Washington dated 29 December 1864. Golden asks that a cousin John Murphy, a prisoner of war, be discharged. Golden explains that Murphy was forced into Confederate service and tried to escape but did not succeed. He had to rejoin under another name in the 42nd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry, where he was taken prisoner. He is being held at Point Lookout in Maryland. Calls Murphy a "true Union man" and refers Rice to Vice President Hannibal Hamlin for further information about the support Golden gave to the Union throughout the war. Hamlin and Rice sign stating that the man should be discharged. Lincoln signs and orders that the man take the oath of Dec. 8, 1863 swearing his allegiance to the Union and be discharged.

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[Abraham Lincoln Endorsement]
Bangor, Maine; Washington, D.C., 14 January 1865.
Autograph endorsement signed, 3 pages.
Bangor December 29th,, 1864
Hon John H Rice
Dear Sir
I take the liberty of dropping you a few lines regarding my Cousin of
whom I was speaking with you about before you left here for Washington who was taken as
prisoner of war and now confined at the Military Prison in Point Lookout Md,, he has forced
intoo the Confederate Service in the early part of the war at Vicksburg and escaped from the
regiment he [struck : went] [in serted : was] oblidged to join with the hope of escaping north but
not succeeding in this he was oblidged to join again under another name the 42 Battallion of
Virginia Cavalry of which he was a member when taken Prisoner about 16 months ago. he is a
true Union man and desires to come [2 ] North here to Bangor. I being the only relation he has in
the Country he has written to me to try and have him released.
As I am not intimately aquainted with you I will refer you to the Hon Hanibal Hamlin who will
give you all the information you may desire of the manner in which I have supported and upheld
the present Administration since this Rebellion commenced Now my Cousin desires as I said
before to take the Oath of Allegiance and come here and you will confer on me a great favour by
making application at once to the Secretary of War to have him released as soon as possible. he
is registered at Point Lookout as John Murphy Co. G. 42 Battallion Virginia Cavalry
I am very Respectfully
Your Obdt,, Servant
Hon John H. Rice M.C.
P Golden
Washington. D.C.
[endorsem ent ]
We think this man
should be discharged
H Hamlin
The Gilder Lehrman Collection
GLC01772
www.gilderlehrman.org

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