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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Unassociated Civil War Documents 1862
|Abraham Lincoln to Edwin L. Baker about Baker's wish to gain a higher army position
|31 March 1862
|Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)
|Baker, Edwin L.
|Correspondence; Government document
|Acknowledges receipt of his note delivered by Edwin's brother John. Refuses to let "Joe" [Joseph Baker] transfer to a higher position within the army and resign his present post because of the precedent it might set among the servicemen. "The objection is the setting of examples by which every body in all arms of the service, are set to studying whether they can not squirm round into a position more satisfactory to themselves. A rule, to cut off this, is a necessity." Written on Executive Mansion stationery. The envelope is free franked in Lincoln's hand.
|Office Seeker President Civil War Military History Union Forces
|Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Baker, Edwin L. (fl. 1862)
|The American Civil War; Government & Politics; The Presidency
|Papers and Images of the American Civil War
|Baker was editor of the Springfield Journal. John is John F. Baker, while Joe is probably Joseph F. Baker in the Marine Corps.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945