Re: Civil War question
- Not all that surprising to me. Remember Lincoln was a rather moderate
Republican? He disagreed with the Radical Republicans and desired to
heal the nation as soon as possible. In his own words:
"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the
right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish
the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him
who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to
do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace,
among ourselves, and with all nations."
He probably wanted to stop the increasing casualties more than
anything else by 1865.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "greg" <gregcannon1@y...>
> I've been reading Dean B. Mahin's "One War At A Time: Themeeting
> International Dimensions Of The American Civil War" and came across
> something that surprised me. On pages 237 & 238 it describes a
> that Lincoln and Seward, his Secretary of State, had with 3
> Confederate agents in February 1865. They met on a Union warship. The
> Confederates proposed that the two sides call a truce and postpone
> their fighting till they had kicked the French forces out of Mexico.
> Lincoln said no, he wanted no truce with the Confederates, especially
> since by that point the Union looked sure to win. His answer is no
> surprise, but I was surprised to hear that he ever met with
> Confederate agents to discuss the possibility of a truce. Have any of
> you ever heard anything like that?