Civil War-dated ALS as president signed “A. Lincoln,” one page, 5 x 8, January 23, 1863. Letter to General Henry W. Halleck, in full: "I understand you have before you the record of a Court-martial, in the case of Col. Samuel Graham. If so, and you have not already decided it, please do not, until speaking with me concerning it." In very good to fine condition, with two vertical folds, some light soiling and toning, and a small punch hole to the upper left corner.
Colonel Samuel Graham of the Fifth New York Volunteer Artillery was found guilty and sentenced to be dismissed on November 17, 1862, on charges made by Lieutenant Calvin Shaffer of appointing George H. Sealey as sutler for the regiment in return for $1,000 from Sealey. The court-martial recommended pardon because of Graham's inexperience and Lincoln remitted the sentence, exonerating Graham of all false charges and allowing him to resume his command of the regiment.
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