Lincoln Documents

President Abraham Lincoln faced difficult odds in his reelection bid of 1864.  The early successes of the Union Army had fallen off during the first few months of the election year and there was even opposition within the Congress to Lincoln’s leadership.  The Democratic Party entrusted their hopes for election victory in General George McClellan who had served during the initial stages of the Civil War as Lincoln’s commander.  Candidate McClellan supported a negotiated peace with the Confederacy.  An end to the war, even a negotiated one, was an attractive option for many Americans who were war weary.  Even Lincoln himself thought his chances for reelection were limited.

The following Lincoln Documents demonstrate Lincoln’s attention to political affairs throughout 1864 while simultaneously conducting  the war effort.

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JUNE 9, 1864

Lincoln’s Reply to the National Union League’s nomination for Re-Election

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August 22, 1864

Lincoln Speech to the 166th Ohio Regiment concerning the War’s purpose

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August 29, 1864

Frederick Douglass letter to Abraham Lincoln concerning plan to help slaves escape from the Confederacy

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September 17, 1864

Gen. Sherman to Pres. Lincoln concerning possible meeting with GA Gov. Joseph Brown

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September 19, 1864

Abraham Lincoln Letter to William Sherman concerning the furlough of soldiers to vote

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September 28, 1864

Gen. Sherman letter to Pres. Lincoln concerning conflict between GA Gov. Joseph Brown and Confederate Pres. Jefferson Davis

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November 10, 1864

Abraham Lincoln’s Response to Re-Election Victory Serenade

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December 6, 1864

Abraham Lincoln Response to White House Serenaders concerning unknown location of Sherman’s forces in Georgia

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December 22, 1864

Gen. Sherman to Pres. Lincoln presenting Savannah as a Christmas present

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December 26, 1864

Abraham Lincoln letter of thanks to General Sherman for the capture of Savannah

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January 5, 1865

Abraham Lincoln letter to Sec. of War William Stanton concerning Sherman’s next move

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January 6, 1865

Gen. Sherman letter to Pres. Lincoln concerning “next objectives”

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January 6, 1865

Lewis Tappan letter to Abraham Lincoln concerning mistreatment of former slaves by Union Soldiers at Ezra Creek.

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