Proclamation—Granting Pardon to All Deserters Who Return to Duty
By the President of the United States of America
Whereas information has been received that a number of individuals who have deserted from the Army of the United States have become sensible of their offense and are desirous of returning to their duty, a full pardon is hereby granted and proclaimed to each and all such individuals as shall within four months from the date hereof surrender themselves to the commanding officer of any military post within the United States or the Territories thereof.
In testimony whereof I have caused the seal of the United States to be attired to these presents, and signed the same with my hand.
Done at the city of Washington, the 7th day of February, A.D. 1812, and of the Independence of the United States the thirty-sixth.
By the President:
Secretary of State.
James Madison, Proclamation—Granting Pardon to All Deserters Who Return to Duty Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/205217