This week, the IUP Libraries Special Collections and University Archives received a new donation of tremendous research potential, a Civil War pardon signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The 1865 pardon is part of Dr. Earl Hunt’s Abraham Lincoln Collection (Manuscript Group 136), which includes research, publications, and memorabilia related to the life of the president. The late Dr. Hunt, a native of Johnstown, began donating his archival collection to the IUP Libraries in 2004.
The pardon (see the full image and transcription) was signed by President Lincoln on February 1, 1865, for Samuel Oldham Bacon (1848–1902) from Louisville, Kentucky. Bacon was a private in Company D, 2nd Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry, C.S.A. He was taken prisoner in July 1863 during John Hunt Morgan’s cavalry raid into Ohio. Bacon was a prisoner of war at Camp Douglas near Chicago, Illinois, until he was released in 1865.
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