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Abraham Lincoln
The Compassion and Mercy of President Abraham Lincoln: He Saves a Poor Soldier's Life, Pardoning an Admitted Deserter Whose Crime Carried the Death Penalty, But Who Pleaded That He had Deserted Because his Family was Destitute The deserter also made the surprising claim that he was a War Department Secret Service asset whose work needed to continue
04/08/1863. Lincoln’s compassion and mercy are central to his legacy, and the picture that has come down to us envisions him as a man who was generous of spirit, who pardoned soldiers who fell asleep on guard duty, showed leniency whenever possible, even to deserters, and aided widows and orphans. Because of his position as President, he had opportunities to prove or disprove this reputation, as many requests for pardons, deferrals of executions, and pleas to aid soldiers came to him.From the start of the Civil War, Lincoln felt the weight of the sacrifice that so many families were making for the Union, and he saw that tens and then hundreds of thousands of men – sons, husbands, and brothers – were dying. He was not anxious for any additional lives to be taken. He was especially interested in mitigating death sentences for military offenses such as desertion, and was moved by the pleas made by fathers and mothers on behalf of children under arrest and incarcerated. So he spent time reviewing the results of army courts-martial cases. His writings show that he seldom turned the needy aside, which did not meet with the approval of his generals or legal staff. Attorney General Edward Bates’ pardon clerk later wrote of Bates that he discovered “his most important duty was to keep all but the most deserving cases from coming before the kind Mr. Lincoln at all; since there was nothing harder for him to do than to put aside a prisoner’s application and he could not resist it when it was urged by a pleading wife and a weeping child.â€┬ŁAbraham Lower enlisted in the 72nd … [Click Below for Full Description]
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