Category Archives: Abraham Lincoln

May 18, 1865: Was the war a victory for democracy?

The New York Times comments on a letter to the London Times, in which the writer argues that “”Sir, the North has succeeded, but not because it is a democracy; the South has failed, but not because it is an … Continue reading

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May 7, 1865: Chase advocates black suffrage

Chief Justice Salmon Chase wrote to Lincoln before his assassination advocating enfranchising freed slaves. Afterward, he had the letters printed up for distribution, and he sent copies to Sherman (see response yesterday), and to Schofield. Official Records: U. S. STEAMER … Continue reading

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April 30, 1865: Various news

Jefferson Davis is on the run; the Freedmen’s bureau bill should be considered; Libby prison sign a collector’s item; Black Confederates all deserted; Chinese laborers working on the transcontinental railroad. Special Dispatches to the New-York Times. WASHINGTON, Sunday, April 30. … Continue reading

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April 15, 1865: Informing Sherman of Lincoln’s death

Stanton writes to Sherman to inform him of Lincoln’s assassination, and to warn him that another conspirator is said to be after Sherman. Official Records: WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington City. April 15, 1865 – 12. 10 p. m. (Sent 1. 40 … Continue reading

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March 28, 1865: Sherman in Virginia

Sherman is in City Point to meet with Grant and Lincoln, and soon with his brother John. Stanton sends his prayers. Official Records: CITY POINT, VA., March 28, 1865. (Received 2. 10 p. m.) Honorable E. M. STANTON: I await … Continue reading

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March 4, 1865: Lincoln’s second inaugural

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports Lincoln’s second inaugural address without comment. Fellow-Countrymen,–At this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office, there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then, a statement, … Continue reading

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December 26, 1864: Thank you note from Lincoln

Lincoln thanks Sherman for his Christmas present quite graciously: “the honor is all yours; for I believe none of us went further than to acquiesce”. Stanton wishes Sherman had captured Hardee’s army. Official Records: EXECUTIVE MANSION, Washington, December 26, 1864. … Continue reading

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December 22, 1864: A Christmas present for Lincoln

Sherman has taken Savannah without a shot fired, and famously presents it as a Christmas present to the President. I also include a more detailed dispatch to Grant from John G. Foster, the commander of the Union-occupied territories of the … Continue reading

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October 26, 1864: No, Sherman hasn’t endorsed McClellan for president

The New York Times prints a letter from John C. Hamilton along with his correspondence with Sherman. There is a rumor that Sherman is persuading soldiers to vote for McClellan. Sherman denies vehemently doing anything to influence the votes of … Continue reading

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October 20, 1864: Proclamation of a day of Thanksgiving

Lincoln fixes the date of Thanksgiving as a national celebration — at least for those parts of the nation that were listening to him. PROCLAMATION OF THANKSGIVING, OCTOBER 20, 1864. BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: A … Continue reading

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