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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Unassociated Civil War Documents 1863
|Abraham Lincoln to Edwin McMasters Stanton
|12 May 1863
|Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)
|Stanton, Edwin McMasters
|Government document; Correspondence
|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.
|African American History African American Troops Civil War Military History Union Forces President
|Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Stanton, E. M. (Edwin McMasters) (1814-1869) Dole, William P. (ca. 1818-1889)
|The American Civil War; African Americans; Government & Politics
|Papers and Images of the American Civil War
|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.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945