President Lincoln Helps Prisoners

September 7, 1863

“We are certainly enjoying the finest of fall weather – days sunny but not too warm, and nights cool and breezy,” writes White House aide William O. Stoddard.  “Everybody is cheery and hopeful, but in the absence of other news we are again becoming a ‘rumor-producing people.’  We weary of looking towards Charleston and Sumter, and wonder what [Robert E.] Lee is doing all this while.”

President Lincoln writes Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton regarding two federal prisoners: “This lady says her husband, Theophilus Brown, and his brother, George E. Brown, are in the Old Capitol Prison as prisoners of war, that they were conscripted into the rebel army, and were never for the rebel cause, and are now willing to do anything reasonable to be at liberty. This may be true, and if true they should be liberated. Please take hold of the case, and do what may seem proper in it.”

President Lincoln writes a pass for White House staffer Louis Bargdorf: “The bearer is one of my Messengers, & should be passed in to & out of the Department.”

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