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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Unassociated Civil War Documents 1863
|Abraham Lincoln to Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut about automatic navy rifles
|4 August 1863
|Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)
|Hurlbut, Stephen A.
|Government document; Military document; Correspondence
|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.
|Navy Military History President Union Forces Weaponry Science and Technology
|Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Hurlbut, Stephen Augustus (1815-1882)
|The American Civil War; The Presidency; Science, Technology, Invention
|Papers and Images of the American Civil War
|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.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945