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Collection Reference Number GLC04370
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1863 
Title Abraham Lincoln to Joshua F. Speed asking Speed to help Lyman Guinnip in Louisville
Date 17 March 1863
Author Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description A confidential letter. Guinnip had been accused of helping slaves escape. Lincoln comments "I scarcely think he is guilty of any real crime."
Subjects Civil War  President  Abolition  Runaway Slave  Fugitive Slave Act  African American History  Slavery  Law  
People Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Place written Washington
Theme The American Civil War; The Presidency; African Americans; Slavery & Abolition; Law
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Lyman Guinnip was a colonel in the 79th Illinois Volunteers from 28 August-17 October 1862. He and C.G. Bradshaw were indicted for aiding the escape of a slave. The defendants paid $3,600 bail and failed to show up in court. John Smith Speed, Joshua's brother, was the foreman of the grand jury.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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