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Yeatman, James E. (1818-1901) [Appeal from the Western Sanitary Commission to President Abraham Lincoln regarding the condition of freed slaves]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01545.11 Author/Creator: Yeatman, James E. (1818-1901) Place Written: St. Louis, Missouri Type: Broadsides Date: 6 November 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: The Western Sanitary Commission informs President Lincoln that many freed slaves in the Mississippi Valley have no provisions, clothing, or bedding, and little cooking supplies or knowledge as to using such. States that "To meet the present emergency and to prevent or lessen the sufferings of the coming winter and spring, we offer our humble but active services, asking no reward of any kind, but the opportunity and encouragement to work." Reports that the Commission's efforts would be a work of philanthropy and patriotism, "for it would remove an increasing reproach against the Union cause, and by lessening the difficulties of emancipation, would materially aid in crushing the rebellion."

People: Eliot, William Greenleaf, 1811-1887.
Greeley, Carlos, d. 1898.
Johnson, John B., fl. 1863.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Partridge, George, fl. 1863.
Yeatman, James E., 1818-1901.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, US Sanitary Commission, President Freemen, Slavery, Charity and Philanthropy, Patriotism, Union Forces, Military History, Emancipation, Civil War, Confederate States of America, Diet and nutrition

Sub Era: The American Civil War African Americans and Emancipation