President Lincoln Begins to Focus on Reconstruction

March 20, 1862

President Lincoln shows one of his first real interests in Reconstruction.  He writes Governor Francis Pierpont, governor of the small section of Virginia under Union control:

“Make haste slowly.  Things are improving by time.  Draw up your proclamation carefully, and, if you please, let me see it before issuing.”  The issue would increasingly concern Lincoln as Union troops took control of more former Confederate territory.

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