26 - LPK Holt HIUS 309 Lincoln Congress and the Politics of...

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LPK Holt HIUS 309 February 26, 2008  Lincoln, Congress, and the Politics of Union To build a national Union party, Lincoln had to try to hold on to the bulk of the  Republican party – could get rid of radicals Lincoln made concessions to moderate Republicans in order to keep their support  August 25, 1862 – after publicly rejecting black Indiana regiments, Lincoln had  the War Department secretly authorize the enlistment of black troops on islands  where they were isolated from the North – refused to allow the enlistment of  black troops in the North until January 1863, after the elections of 1862 December 22, 1862 – Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation – gave a 100  day “breathing spell” until after elections were completed – in that time, Lincoln  spelled out that all slaves in states still in rebellion would be declared free  As early as July 1862, Lincoln urged his military governor in Tennessee to hold  elections – trying to build up Union parties in occupied areas of the Confederacy  Despite grave constitutional qualms, Lincoln accepted the new state of West  Virginia  Before he hears about Fort Sumter, Lincoln called Stephen Douglas to the White  House and urged him to enlist Northern Democrats in the Union cause  Douglas returned to Illinois to earn Lincoln support from Democrats Democratic generals were appointed to command Union armies   infuriated  congressional Republicans Lincoln’s reluctant reappointment of McClellan to the army of the Potomac was  another sign that Lincoln was searching for Democratic support  In the border states, Lincoln openly employed federal armies to stand guard at  elections and make sure pro-secessionists did not vote 
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26 - LPK Holt HIUS 309 Lincoln Congress and the Politics of...

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