Thurlow Weed Urges President Lincoln Replace New Orleans Commander

March 8, 1863

New York political boss Thurlow Weed writes President Lincoln to urge that General Benjamin F. Butler replace Nathaniel Banks as commander of Louisiana: “     Things do not prosper at New-Orleans. Very well informed persons write me that Gen Butler is wanted there.

There is a more healthful and hopeful re-action in the public mind, but it needs encouragement, or the Conscription Act cannot be made effective. Democrats will prefer Party to Country if Abolition is thrust forward is a reason for Prosecuting the War. The President is not strong enough to shoulder that burthen.

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