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Collection Reference Number GLC00602
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1863 
Title Abraham Lincoln to Edwin McMasters Stanton
Date 12 May 1863
Author Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Recipient Stanton, Edwin McMasters  
Document Type Government document; Correspondence
Content Description On a small card, President Lincoln requests that Stanton, Secretary of War, "see Mr. Dole & others, about the first colored regiment. Please do the best for them you can." Location inferred from outside sources.
Subjects African American History  African American Troops  Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  President    
People Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  Stanton, E. M. (Edwin McMasters) (1814-1869)  Dole, William P. (ca. 1818-1889)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme The American Civil War; African Americans; Government & Politics
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information As Commissioner of Indian Affairs during the Civil War, William P. Dole encouraged Lincoln to allow Native American and African American males to join the military. This note was written ten days before the United States War Department issued General Order Number 143 (22 May 1863) establishing a Bureau of Colored Troops to facilitate the recruitment of African American soldiers to the Union.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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