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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) to John Eaton

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05484 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: s.l. Type: Letter signed Date: 10 February 1865 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25 x 19.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Lincoln instructs Eaton, Colonel of the 63rd U.S. Colored Infantry to "continue your supervision of Freedmen over the same territory & on the same principles as in the past ... " Signed and dated by Lincoln; the remaining text is in Eaton's hand. Embossment in the upper left corner.

Background Information: Eaton served as chaplain to the Ohio Volunteer Infantry, colonel of the 63rd United States Colored Infantry Regiment, and superintendent in charge of freedmen, based on Grant's appointment.

Full Transcript: Col. Eaton:
You will continue your supervision of Freedmen over the same territory & on the same principles as in the past, making such improvements as experiences may suggest, until legislation ...shall require some farther change.
A. Lincoln
Feb. 10. 1865
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People: Eaton, John, 1829-1906
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryPresidentAfrican American TroopsAfrican American HistoryFreemenUnion ForcesConfederate States of America

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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