Petition to Abraham Lincoln
Shortly before the conclusion of the Civil War, members of the Louisiana state government who had remained loyal to the Union during the conflict, gathered and wrote a petition for the release of a Confederate prisoner of war, John Gauche. Gauche was held captive at Camp Douglass for nineteen months, but swore to return his allegiance to the United States. President Lincoln granted and signed this petition on April 10, 1865, just five days before his assassination.
Petition to Abraham Lincoln, Manuscripts Collection M-1110, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.
Louisiana Research Collection
1863 December 8
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