Linclon and The Sleeping Sentinel: TheTrue Story

1909 NY: Harper & Bros., First edition. Slim 12mo. in grey cloth lettered in white and decorated in green with an oval portrait of Lincoln tipped on. 54 pps. with color fontispiece and four photographic plates of Lincoln. Chittenden, a high ranking Treasury official during Lincoln's administration, sets the record straight about an oft told (and mistold) tale of the President's kindness. A soldier in the 3rd Vermont Green Mountain Boys defending Washington, D.C., had fallen asleep on sentinel duty at Chain Bridge two nights in a row and was sentenced to death by a court martial. His fellow soldiers went to Chittenden, himself a Vermonter, to beg his intercession with Lincoln. The soldier was pardoned by executive order. A fine, bright copy. No duat jacket. (Item ID: D345)


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