[Abraham Lincoln Endorsement]
Bangor, Maine; Washington, D.C., 14 January 1865.
Autograph endorsement signed, 3 pages.
Bangor December 29th,, 1864
Hon John H Rice
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.
[endorsem ent ]
We think this man
should be discharged
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