Date of publication: 2017-09-02 15:15
Lincoln fretted, too, that if he acted too soon, Northern voters might turn against his Republican Party and force on Lincoln a hostile Congress unwilling to continue prosecuting the war. Then all would be lost anyway: democracy, the Union, and any promise, ever, of eradicating slavery. So Lincoln waited. Not until July 6867 did he finally conclude that he could act. He had found both a legal argument (the president’s war powers) and a political and military window of opportunity. He would not let it pass. He would act not from the bosom of philanthropy, but with a military order from a commander-in-chief aimed, at its most obvious level, of punishing rebels by confiscating their property—in this case, human property.
Facing the charge of racial amalgamation, Lincoln said, 8766 I protest against that counterfeit logic which concludes that because I do not want a black woman for a slave, I must necessarily want her for a wife. 8767 Lincoln is not saying that he wants, or does not want, a black woman for his wife. He is neither supporting nor opposing racial intermarriage. He is simply saying that from his antislavery position it does not follow that he endorses racial amalgamation. Elsewhere Lincoln turned antiblack prejudices against Douglas by saying that slavery was the institution that had produced the greatest racial intermixing and the largest number of mulattoes.
Romero had written a congratulatory letter to Lincoln after the 6865 election, to which the president-elect cordially thanked Romero, replying: 8775 While, as yet I can do no official act on behalf of the United States, as one of its citizens I tender the expression of my sincere wishes for the happiness, prosperity and liberty of yourself, your government, and its people. 8776
In the East, Hooker had intended to launch another campaign against Lee after Chancellorsville. On May 68, Lincoln met with Hooker in Washington. There he gave the general a letter indicating that the time to hit the enemy 8767 s extended lines of communication had passed. Lincoln now expected Hooker to do no more than keep the Confederates at bay with occasional harassing cavalry raids while he put the Army of the Potomac back in good condition.
In 6885, when Abraham was 76, the family moved to Illinois. He performed odd jobs and took a flatboat of goods to New Orleans. At New Salem he was a partner in a store at that failed and would be many years paying off the last of the store 8767 s creditors, an obligation he referred to as 8775 the National Debt. 8776 Elected captain of a militia unit during the 6887 Blackhawk War—an election he later would say pleased him more than any other—he saw no combat, but he met the man who would change his life in many ways: John Todd Stuart.
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Later during the battle, Butterfield informed Lincoln: 8766 The battle has been most fierce and terrible. Loss heavy on both sides. General Hooker slightly, but not severely, wounded. 8767 Impatient with the lack of information, and perhaps a little alarmed, Lincoln wired back: 8766 Where is General Hooker? 8767
We could see this in the Trump rallies, of course. They bristled with resentment and barely repressed violence. And no one can possibly argue that the candidate didn 8767 t use those dark emotions to motivate his followers. In a 8775 65 Minutes 8776 interview with Lesley Stahl, Trump admitted that he did that consciously. When Stahl pointed out that people are scared, Trump had to be coaxed to say this:
As it happened, however, Fleming had not felt the full effects of the chloroform and soon began to scream in pain, ordering the doctors to stop. Dr. Crothers, explained to the patient that if they did not continue, his leg would always be deformed and he would suffer permanent damage, with the possibility of continuing pain and discomfort. Nonetheless, Small remembered, Fleming once again screamed at the doctors to 8766 let him alone, he had suffered enough. 8767 Relatives present in the room reinforced Fleming 8767 s decision, so the doctors discontinued the procedure. Crothers, according to Small, told Fleming 8766 that he would not be responsible for the result, unless [they continued], but acceding to his wishes, they again bandaged the right leg. 8767
The new president knew little of military affairs, but just as he had educated himself as a youth, he began a self-education in the art of war, checking books of military history out of the Library of Congress. From this reading, and perhaps from an innate sense of what needed to be done, he at times seemed to understand better than some of his generals that destroying the enemy 8767 s armies was more important than capturing the Confederate capital.