Lincoln Insists General Banks Remain in Charge in Louisiana
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Printed Document, to Nathaniel P. Banks. “Executive Mansion,” Washington, D.C., December 2, 1864. 1 p., 5¼ x 8 in.
“I know you are dissatisfied, which pains me very much; but I wish not to be argued with further. I entertain no abatement of confidence, or friendship for you. U have told you why I cannot order Gen. Canby from the Department of the Gulf—that he whom IO must hold responsible for results, is not agreed. Yet I do believe that you, of all men, can best perform the part of advancing the new State government of Louisiana; and therefore I have wished you to go and try, leaving it yourself to give up the trial at the end of a month, if you find it impracticable, or personally too disagreeable. This is certainly meant ion no unkindness; but I wish to avoid further struggle about it.”
Likely printed by Louisiana Unionists, this circular order re-prints a letter from President Lincoln to Major General Nathaniel Banks. Lincoln asks Banks to assume responsibility for the new state government in Louisiana, despite the fact that it appeared Banks did not want the job. Banks sent his answer on the same day, stating that he was not dissatisfied with the post and that he would go to the White House that evening. Banks succeeded Benjamin Butler as Commander of the Dept. of the Gulf.
Fine. Small loss at upper corner and left side.