President Lincoln Deals with Problems in Kentucky and Minnesota

December 9, 1862

President Lincoln writes Vice President Hannibal Hamlin (in his position as president of the Senate): “In reply to the Resolution of the Senate of the 5th instant, requesting the President “to inform the Senate, if not incompatible with the public service, the number and names of the citizens of Kentucky who have been and who are now confined in the military prisons and camps of the United States outside of the limits of the said State, what are the charges against them, by whom made, and by whose order the arrests were made,” I have the honor to transmit herewith a report from the Secretary of War, explaining the reason why the information sought cannot be immediately furnished, and stating the measures which have been taken to obtain it without delay.  It shall be communicated to the Senate as soon as received, if compatible with the public interest.”

President Lincoln continues to be worried about doing justice in the wake of the Indian uprising in Minnesota. Through aide John G. Nicolay, President Lincoln instructs Gen. Henry H. Sibley not to hang any   innocent Indian with names similar to those the President has ordered executed.

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