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Governor Yates Governor Yates to Secretary of War Stanton

“The families to which these boys belong are among my old acquaintances.” Throughout his presidency, Abraham Lincoln was inundated with all manner of favors and requests. In 1863, Governor Yates of Illinois requested of Secretary of War Stanton that two underage boys who had run away from Petersburg, Illinois, to join the cavalry be returned to Illinois. President Lincoln was shown the request and endorsed Governor Yates's request to “discharge these boys from the service of the United States.”