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Collection Reference Number GLC00622
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1862 
Title Abraham Lincoln to Edwin L. Baker about Baker's wish to gain a higher army position
Date 31 March 1862
Author Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Recipient Baker, Edwin L.  
Document Type Correspondence; Government document
Content Description 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.
Subjects Office Seeker  President  Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  
People Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  Baker, Edwin L. (fl. 1862)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme The American Civil War; Government & Politics; The Presidency
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Baker was editor of the Springfield Journal. John is John F. Baker, while Joe is probably Joseph F. Baker in the Marine Corps.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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