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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) The letters of President Lincoln on questions of national policy.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01969 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Pamphlet Date: 1863 Pagination: 24 p. ; 20 x 12 cm.

Summary of Content: Reprint of six letters by Lincoln: June 13, 1863, to an Albany, New York Committee, discussing his interpretation of the writ of habeas corpus in the Vallandigham case; February 3, 1862 and October 13, 1862, to General George McClellan on the management of the war; August 22, 1862, to Horace Greeley concerning amnesty for southerners; August 7, 1863, to New York mayor Horatio Seymour regarding the New York City draft riots and the constitutionality of the Conscription Act; August 26, 1863, to the Springfield, Illinois and Syracuse Conventions, defending the Emancipation Proclamation. Handwritten on cover: "Gift of [H.?] [Miller ?]" Printed by Benjamin B. Russell. With advertisements inside front and back cover.

Background Information: Vallandigham was an Ohio politician and opponent of Lincoln. He was active in the Knights of the Golden Circle, a secret order in the North of Southern sympathizers. He was ...arrested by General Ambrose Burnside for his speeches and Lincoln banished him to the Confederacy. The Confederacy also rejected him because he objected to Jefferson Davis's war policies. See More

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: PresidentUS ConstitutionCivil WarMilitary HistoryLawGovernment and CivicsHabeas CorpusCopperheadsCivil RightsAmnestyConfederate States of AmericaDraft RiotsConscriptionMobs and RiotsEmancipationEmancipation ProclamationSlaveryAfrican American HistoryUnion Forces

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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