President Lincoln Issues "Birchard Letter"

June 29, 1863

 

 

On June 29, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a public letter to  M. Birchard and eighteen other Ohio Democrats in which defended the administration's treatment of antiwar agitators. Lincoln offered to release former Ohio Congressman, and leading Peace Democrat,Clement Vallandigham from prison if a majority of those to whom the letter was addressed would make pledges in connection with the prosecution of the Civil War.

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