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Lincoln's famous letter to Greeley... Homer centerfold...

Item # 172604

September 06, 1862

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, Sept. 6, 1862  The front page shows: "Thomas Fitch Rowland, Builder of the New Monitors" and "The Iron-Clad Frigate 'Ironsides' In Fighting Trim" with related articles.
Of special note is the historic letter headed: "The President On the Negro Question". This was one of the more famous letters from Abraham Lincoln, being his reply to Horace Greeley's editorial of August 20, "A Prayer of Twenty Millions", which urged emancipation. Lincoln replies in his letter with his famous quote: "...My paramount object...is to save the Union, and it is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it...", signed in type: A. LINCOLN. The full text of the letter is seen in the photos. A significant document expressing Lincoln's views on slavery from the middle of the Civil War.
Prints inside include: "The Battle of Baton Rouge" "The Union Gunboat 'Essex' Destroying the Rebel Ironclad Ram 'Arkansas' in the Mississippi" "The Army of the Potomac Arriving at Yorktown from Williamsburg" and "The Last Reconnaissance of the War Balloon on the James River".
The doublepage centerfold is by the famed artist Winslow Homer: "Our Women and the War" and includes a heading: "The Influence of Woman" in the war effort & has a related article on the following page. It includes a print of the "Sisters of Charity".
The back page has 2 political cartoons including: "The Finances of the Rebellion". Complete in 16 pages.

Category: The Civil War