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Burrus M. Carnahan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124636

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124636.001.0001

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The Conkling Letter

The Conkling Letter

(p.133) 9 The Conkling Letter
Act of Justice

Burrus M. Carnahan

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the Conkling letter, which was written by Abraham Lincoln as a response to all of his critics. Lincoln sent this letter to James Conkling, and was then read to an enthusiastic crowd of more than 50,000 people. Historians credit this letter as having an important effect on the state elections of 1863. Most of the Conkling letter is devoted to demonstrating the military importance of emancipation and the use of black troops, and explaining why, in the current circumstances, peace negotiations would have been futile.

Keywords:   Conkling letter, Abraham Lincoln, James Conkling, state elections, military importance, emancipation, black troops, peace negotiations

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