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Abraham Lincoln Signed Pardon

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President Abraham Lincoln, 1809 - 1865, 16th President of the United States, Commander and Chief of the Civil War, and orchestrator of the reformation of the United States. Abraham Lincoln led the nation through 4 years of Civil War, preserving the union, abolishing slavery, strengthening the federal government and modernizing the economy. Here is a most important piece: The most popular autograph of our 16th president is not on legal briefs or military documents or even wartime letters, but on small slips of paper bearing just a dozen, more or less, words of forgiveness, called “the oath of 1863”. This was announced by Lincoln in his annual message to congress in 1863: He would offer a pardon to any man who would swear, without coercion, his allegiance to the Union. The Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction provided a general pardon to soldiers in the Rebellion, and to those who deserted the Union cause. The Oath reads in part: "I do solemnly swear, in the presence of Almighty God, that I will henceforth faithfully support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the union of states thereunder; and that I will, in like manner, abide and faithfully support all acts of Congress passed during the existing rebellion with reference to slaves...So help me God.”
President Abraham Lincoln signed original prisoner release order, wherein the 16th President writes and signs all in his own hand: "This man is pardoned and hereby ordered to be discharged from the service. A. Lincoln April 13, 1864." Lee would surrender April 9, 1865 and Lincoln, knowing the Civil war was soon to be over, began releasing confederate soldiers, solidifying their sworn oath with personally hand written and signed notes of confirmation. This is one of them. It was an impressive act of unification for the country. This was hand written and signed by America's 16th President. It is a beautiful and important presidential gesture and remarkable piece of history.

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