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Collection Reference Number GLC05603.01.18
From Archive Folder Collection of letters, clipped signatures, and news clippings from Lincoln's cabinet members 
Title Anecdote about Lincoln's kindness towards a wounded Confederate soldier
Date n.d.
Author Smith, Francis M. (1842-1917)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Signed as 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant, 1st Maryland Volunteer Infantry. Relates an incident at City Point hospital on 2 April 1865, where President Abraham Lincoln met a Confederate soldier and treated him with great kindness. After Lincoln left, the Confederate soldier asked "Who did you say that man was?" When he learned it was Lincoln, he declared that if other Confederates could meet Lincoln, they would lay down their arms and go home. According to Smith, the Confederate soldier exclaimed, "If God spares my life, I will never again raise my arms against the United States Government." See GLC05603.17 for the introductory letter.
Subjects President  Military History  Civil War  Union Forces  Confederate States of America  Hospital  Prisoner of War  
People Smith, Francis Marion (1842-1917)  
Place written s.l.
Theme The Presidency
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Smith served 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant, 1st Maryland Volunteer Infantry.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945