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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Unassociated Civil War Documents 1863
|Abraham Lincoln to Edwin McMasters Stanton regarding African American regiments
|23 June 1863
|Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)
|Stanton, Edwin McMasters
|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.
|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
|Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Stanton, E. M. (Edwin McMasters) (1814-1869) Hupert, Milton L. fl. 1863) Kelley, William D (1814-1890)
|The American Civil War; The Presidency; African Americans
|Papers and Images of the American Civil War
|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 (www.pa-roots.com). 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.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945