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Collection Reference Number GLC00496.045.01
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1862 
Title Abraham Lincoln to Major John J. Key with reasons for dismissing him
Date 24 November 1862
Author Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Recipient Key, John J  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Lincoln quotes the testimony against Key and assures him the dismissal was not personal but for the good of the service. Lincoln also expresses sympathy for the death of Key's son in battle. Basler, Roy P. The Collected Works Of Abraham Lincoln. (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), Vol. V 1861 - 1862, p. 508 - 509.
Subjects Battle  Civil War  Union Forces  Death  Children and Family  Military History  President    
People Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Place written Executive Mansion
Theme The American Civil War; The Presidency
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Notes: Basler 5: 508-509. See also GLC# 228, Lincoln's letter to Key dated 1862 Sept. 26, quoting Key's disloyal remarks, describing their meeting and ordering the his dismissal.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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