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Collection Reference Number GLC06678
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1863 
Title Abraham Lincoln to Edwin McMasters Stanton regarding African American regiments
Date 23 June 1863
Author Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Recipient Stanton, Edwin McMasters  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description President Lincoln states that Judge William Darrah Kelley, a United States Representative from Pennsylvania, is attempting to raise African American regiments in Philadelphia. Informs Stanton, Secretary of War, that Milton [M. Herpert?] is a friend of Kelley and a Private in the 112th Regiment from Pennsylvania. States that Herpert wishes to serve as lieutenant of one of the African American regiments. Reports that if Kelley agrees of Herpert's appointment as lieutenant, Lincoln also approves. States that Herpert needs Stanton's approval to carry a letter to Kelley discussing this appointment. Written on Executive Mansion stationery.
Subjects President  Lincoln's Cabinet  Civil War  Union Forces  Government and Civics  Military History  African American Troops  African American History  Recruitment  Letter of Introduction or Recommendation  Office Seeker  
People Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  Stanton, E. M. (Edwin McMasters) (1814-1869)  Hupert, Milton L. fl. 1863)  Kelley, William D (1814-1890)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme The American Civil War; The Presidency; African Americans
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information There is a record of a private Milton L. Hupert who served in the 2d Heavy Artillery, 112th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers. He deserted 8 August 1863 ( Kelley was an early member of the Republican party. During the Civil War, he favored conscription and strongly urged Congress to enlist African American soldiers.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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