President Lincoln Deals with Personal Problems and Political Issues

September 17, 1863

President Lincoln writes a letter of recommendation: “This lady says she has a mother but no father living; that she has two brothers, both in the Army. She wants employment, and I shall be glad if any of the Departments or Bureaus can give it to her.”

President Lincoln writes Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton: “A lady called as the wife of John S. Struthers, a Captain in the 13th Peny. Vol. Cavalry, and urges that he may be allowed to resign. She has not a resignation with her. If she had, I would be for accepting it, on the general principle, that we are rapidly getting an over proportion of officers.”

President Lincoln writes General Robert C. Schenck, whose actions recruiting black soldiers in Maryland has caused controversy: “Major Haynor left here several days ago, under a promise to put down in writing, in detail, the facts in relation to the misconduct of the people on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He has not returned.  Please send him over.”   Maryland was exempt from the Emancipation Proclamation.

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