President Helps Young Confederate Captain

July 28, 1863

President Lincoln writes Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton: “A young son of the Senator [Albert] Brown of Mississippi, not yet twenty, as I understand, was wounded, and made a prisoner at Gettysburg. His mother is sister [of] Mrs P. R. Fendall, of this city. Mr Fendall, on behalf of himself and family, asks that he and they may have charge of the boy, to cure him up, being responsible [for] his person and good behavior. Would it not be rather a grateful and graceful thing to let them have him?”

President Lincoln writes his wife Mary: “Bob went to Fort-Monroe & only got back to-day.  Will start to you at 11. AM to-morrow.”

Presidential aide John Hay write colleague John G. Nincolay: “Yours of the 19th is just received.  I return you the envelope as a dreadful warning.  You remember by the new law letters to the President must be prepaid.  Tremble, & provide yourself with gum-backs!”  Hay adds: “There is no news & I see no present prospect of any.”

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