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Collection Reference Number GLC00005
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1863 
Title Abraham Lincoln to Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut about automatic navy rifles
Date 4 August 1863
Author Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Recipient Hurlbut, Stephen A.  
Document Type Government document; Military document; Correspondence
Content Description Lincoln tested the firing mechanism of automatic navy rifles and found it faulty; he tells Hurlbut not to order the guns. (Hurlbut) Convicted of embezzling funds and money from the National Bank of Baltimore.
Subjects Navy  Military History  President  Union Forces  Weaponry  Science and Technology  
People Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  Hurlbut, Stephen Augustus (1815-1882)  
Place written Washington
Theme The American Civil War; The Presidency; Science, Technology, Invention
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Research by John Lundstrom of the Milwaukee Public Museum, proves that this letter is the earliest known link between Lincoln and the Spencer rifle. This letter predates the famous (but mythical) meeting of the President and Mr. Spencer by two weeks. Conversation with John Lundstrom 26 Aug. 1996. These rifles appear to be the Spencer rifle, per John B. Lundstrom, curator of American history, Milwaukee Public Museum.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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