President Lincoln Urges Black Recruitment in Tennessee

March 26, 1863

President Lincoln writes Tennessee Military Governor Andrew Johnson: “I am told you have at least thought of raising a negro military force.  In my opinion the country now needs no specific thing so much as some man of your ability, and position, to go to this work.  When I speak of your position, I mean that of an eminent citizen of a slave-state, and himself a slave-holder.  The colored population is the great available and yet unavailed of, force for restoring the Union.  The bare sight of fifty thousand armed and drilled black soldiers on the banks of the Mississippi, would end the rebellion at once.  And who doubts that we can present that sight, if we but take hold in earnest?  If you have been thinking of it please do not dismiss the thought.”

West Virginia votes for gradual emancipation and a new constitution.

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