To Edwin M. Stanton

Hon. Sec. of War:                     Executive Mansion,
Sir:                                              Washington, December 26, 1862

Two Ohio regiments and one Illinois regiment were captured at Hartsville, have been parolled, and are now at Columbus Ohio. This brings the Ohio regiments substantially to their homes. I am strongly impressed with the belief that the Illinois regiment better be sent to Illinois, where it will be recruited and put in good condition, by the time they are exchanged, so as to re-enter the service. They did not misbehave, as I am satisfied; so that they should receive no treatment, nor have anything withheld from them, by way of punishment. Yours truly A. LINCOLN


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