Tragic Years, 1860-1865: A Documentary History of the American Civil War - Vol. 2

Tragic Years, 1860-1865: A Documentary History of the American Civil War - Vol. 2

Tragic Years, 1860-1865: A Documentary History of the American Civil War - Vol. 2

Tragic Years, 1860-1865: A Documentary History of the American Civil War - Vol. 2

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Late in January 1863, Oliver P. Morton, Governor of Indiana, telegraphed Lincoln: “It is important that I see you for a few hours, but I cannot leave long enough to go to Washington. Can you meet me in Harrisburg?”

Morton believed that he had collected evidence of a conspiracy among Democratic politicians in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois to form a Northwest Confederacy, cast aside New England as an abolitionist’s wilderness, and join with the South. Perhaps Lincoln never called Morton—as some said he did—“the skeerdest man I know of”; but, in any event, the President replied calmly:

“I think it would not do for me to meet you at Harrisburg. It would be known, and would be misconstrued a thousand ways. Of course if the whole truth could be told and accepted as the truth, it would do no harm, but that is impossible.”

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