President Lincoln Pushes Emancipation in Maryland

March 17, 1864

President Lincoln writes Maryland Congressman John A. J. Cresswell: “It needs not to be a secret, that I wish success to emancipation in Maryland. It would aid much to end the rebellion. Hence it is a matter of national consequence, in which every national man, may rightfully feel a deep interest. I sincerely hope the friends of the measure will allow no minor considerations to divide and distract them.”

President Lincoln telegraphs General Benjamin Butler: “If you obtain the remains of Col. Dahlgren, please notify me instantly, so that I can let his afflicted know.”  Ulric Dahlgren had been killed in a failed cavalry raid on Richmond on March 2.  His father, Admiral John Dahlgren, was a close advisor to President Lincoln.

Presidential politics heats up for Democrats.  A rally is held at Cooper Union in New York City for General George McClellan. — a little more than four years after Lincoln had spoken there; but without the would-be candidate.

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