Facts in Five


Lincoln and Military Justice Edition:

  • Lincoln was petitioned with over 1,600 military justice cases
  • 343 military pardons were issued during his time in office
  • Three time offenders, rapists, and traitors were shown no mercy
  • Lincoln’s liberal pardoning policy was unpopular with his Generals
  • Though disliked by his Generals, Lincoln’s use of military clemency was popular in the ranks and with public opinion

“I think that in such a case, to silence the agitator, and save the boy, is not only constitutional, but, withal, a great mercy.”

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