During the American Civil War, those who deserted the Army were condemned to death sentences.  President Abraham Lincoln resisted signing the sentences imposed by the generals.  He went as far as pardoning eight hundred deserters.  One of them was a young man sentenced for fleeing the battlefield and escaping to his town to marry his girlfriend. When Lincoln heard this story, he immediately signed the pardon.  And with a sense of humor he said:  “I hope that with time, this poor young man may have no reason to regret that I have pardoned him”.