Category Archives: Salmon P. Chase

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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May 6, 1865: Sherman advises against enfranchising black men.

Sherman writes to Salmon P. Chase to try to persuade him not to go forward with plans to enfranchise freed slaves. He feels that it will reignite the war. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI. Steamer Russia, Beaufort … Continue reading

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February 23, 1864: Replacing Lincoln

The editor of the New York Times takes a dim view of this attempt to supplant Lincoln with Chase in the upcoming election. The Presidential Question.; CIRCULAR FROM THE (SELF-APPOINTED) NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE FRIENDS OF MR. CHASE. Published: … Continue reading

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July 21, 1863: Grant recommends caution on trade

Grant had been suspicious of war profiteers for some time, and had gotten in some trouble over a clumsy effort to suppress their activities. Here he once again admonishes the government to be cautious about allowing trade with the newly … Continue reading

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November 5, 1862: How big is the national debt?

The editor of the Richmond Daily Dispatch indulges here in some speculation about the true size of the Union national debt. He puts it at well over 1 billion dollars, rather than the 640 million secretary Chase claims. The debt … Continue reading

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