President Lincoln Negotiates with Radical Republicans for Their Support

September 3, 1864

President Lincoln again telegraphs Postmaster General Montgomery Blair to return to Washington from the campaign trail. His wife writes President Lincoln: “Mr Blair left this morning[.] Will be in Washn Monday.”

Senator Zachariah Chandler, accompanied by Congressman Elihu Washburne, Senator James Harlan of Iowa, and President James Edmunds of the Union League, confer with President Lincoln about possible negotiation to get General John C. Fremont out of the presidential race – in return for getting Blair out of the cabinet.

Kentucky Governor Thomas Bramlette writes to complain about military activities in his state and to announce his opposition to Lincoln’s reelection: . ‘Extreme measures, by which they sought to break the just pride and subdue the free spirit of the people, and which would only have fitted them for enslavement, have aroused the determined opposition to your re-election of at least three-fourths of the people of Kentucky when a different and just policy might have made them friends.’”

In celebration of recent victories, President Lincoln issues a “Proclamation of Thanksgiving and Prayer” for the following Sunday: “The signal success that Divine Providence has recently vouchsafed to the operations of the United States fleet and army in the harbor of Mobile and the reduction of Fort-Powell, Fort-Gaines, and Fort-Morgan, and the glorious achievements of the Army under Major General Sherman in the State of Georgia, resulting in the capture of the City of Atlanta, call for devout acknowledgment to the Supreme Being in whose hands are the destinies of nations. It is therefore requested that on next Sunday, in all places of public worship in the United-States, thanksgiving be offered to Him for His mercy in preserving our national existence against the insurgent rebels who so long have been waging a cruel war against the Government of the United-States, for its overthrow; and also that prayer be made for the Divine protection to our brave soldiers and their leaders in the field, who have so often and so gallantly perilled their lives in battling with the enemy; and for blessing and comfort from the Father of Mercies to the sick, wounded, and prisoners, and to the orphans and widows of those who have fallen in the service of their country, and that he will continue to uphold the Government of the United-States against all the efforts of public enemies and secret foes.”

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