Documents Reveal Abraham Lincoln, Joe Biden’s 160-Year Old Civil War Connection

According to a Washington Post article (file), this story “has waited 160 years to be told.”

Abraham Lincoln reportedly pardoned Joe Biden’s great-grandfather after a late-night brawl during the Civil War era, documents show the two US presidents had a centuries-old connection It is shown in

The U.S. National Archives’ court martial records, reported by the Washington Post on Monday, include the March 21, 1864 trial of Moses J. Robinette after a fight with fellow Union civilian John J. Alexander. Details are given.

Robinette was charged with attempted murder after a scuffle at Army of the Potomac winter camp in Virginia, during which Alexander, who had heard Robinette say something about Robinette to the cook, confronted him. I rushed forward.

The two got into a scuffle, and Robinette pulled out a pocket knife and cut Alexander several times before others intervened, documents said.

The 42-year-old, who was employed by the military as a veterinary surgeon, claimed that Alexander “probably could have been seriously injured had he not taken action”.

However, a military judge found him guilty and sentenced him to two years of hard labor.

Three military officers petitioned Abraham Lincoln to overturn the conviction, arguing that the sentence was unduly harsh and that Robinette was defending against someone “far superior in strength and size.”

Abraham Lincoln agreed and signed a pardon on September 1 of the same year.

According to a Washington Post article written by historian David J. Gelman, this story “has been waiting 160 years to be told.”

“Tucked inconspicuously among hundreds of other routine court-martials in the National Archives, a slender 22-page bundle of well-preserved court records between the two men , and reveals hidden connections between the two presidents over the centuries,” Gelman wrote.

“These few pages not only fill in some unknown parts of the Biden family history, but they also serve as a reminder of how much of the story of the Civil War remains untold.”

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