September 27, 1861

Buchanan Approves Abraham Lincoln’s Ordering Fremont to Rescind his Emancipation Proclamation

Autograph Letter Signed
2 pages
SMC 984
Buchanan approves of “Mr. Lincoln's letter to General Fremont modifying his proclamation” and takes heart that “the spirit & determination of our people rise higher with our reverses.” Missouri, then, is on Buchanan’s mind: just a month before, Fremont had ordered the emancipation of all slaves in Missouri and, just a week before, the North had suffered a painful defeat at Lexington, Missouri. Lincoln, who was still trying to keep the border slave states in the Union, ordered a defiant Fremont to rescind his emancipation proclamation on September 11th – and so made the Pathfinder the most recent Abolitionist martyr. All of this tumult taking place in the opening months of the War, Buchanan is sanguine that the North “will support the Government with all their men & means in a vigorous prosecution of the war for the restoration of the Union.”
Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages, recto and verso, octavo, Wheatland, near Lancaster [Pennsylvania], September 27, 1861. To Joseph Camp Griffith Kennedy.
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