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Collection Reference Number GLC01545.11
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1863 
Title Appeal from the Western Sanitary Commission to President Abraham Lincoln regarding the condition of freed slaves
Date 6 November 1863
Author Yeatman, James E. (1818-1901)  
Additional authors Eliot, William Greenleaf (1811-1887); Greeley, Carlos (d. 1898); Johnson, John B. (fl. 1863); Partridge, George (fl. 1863)
Document Type Broadside
Content Description The Western Sanitary Commission informs President Lincoln that many freed slaves in the Mississippi Valley have no provisions, clothing, or bedding, and little cooking supplies or knowledge as to using such. States that "To meet the present emergency and to prevent or lessen the sufferings of the coming winter and spring, we offer our humble but active services, asking no reward of any kind, but the opportunity and encouragement to work." Reports that the Commission's efforts would be a work of philanthropy and patriotism, "for it would remove an increasing reproach against the Union cause, and by lessening the difficulties of emancipation, would materially aid in crushing the rebellion."
Subjects African American History  US Sanitary Commission  President  Freemen  Slavery  Charity and Philanthropy  Patriotism  Union Forces  Military History  Emancipation  Civil War  Confederate States of America  Diet and Nutrition  
People Eliot, William Greenleaf (1811-1887)  Greeley, Carlos (d. 1898)  Johnson, John B. (fl. 1863)  Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  Partridge, George (fl. 1863)  Yeatman, James E. (1818-1901)  
Place written St. Louis, Missouri
Theme The Presidency; The American Civil War; African Americans; Slavery & Abolition
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information The Western Sanitary Commission served armies west of the Mississippi from the beginning of the Civil War and was organized separately from the United States Sanitary Commission, though these two agencies often combined efforts.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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