The American Civil War
as seen through the collections of the
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

Alexander Rankin, Gotlieb Center's Assistant Director for Acquisitions, explains Lincoln's political acumen, as evidenced by a letter written to General Ulysses S. Grant, February 4, 1865. Lincoln wishes to exert his authority, but cannot afford his name to be connected with the situation in question, so he writes a letter in his own hand, but has it signed by his Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton. The message was clearly received by Grant.

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