Browse Items (81 total) for Abraham Lincoln Documents at the State Historical Society of Iowa

Letter from Iowa Governor Samuel J. Kirkwood to Abraham Lincoln regarding General John C. Fremont's unauthorized request for Iowa regiments in Missouri, a pivotal border state during the Civil War. Kirkwood expresses support for Fremont's decision…

Letter from Iowa Governor Samuel J. Kirkwood to Abraham Lincoln expressing opposition to possible removal of General John C. Fremont as commander of the Department of the West, an area covering Missouri and other western areas to the Rocky Mountains.…

Letter from General Samuel R. Curtis to Abraham Lincoln expressing opinion that recent military orders are creating a shortage of troops in northern and eastern Missouri, including the vicinity of Rolla, a major railhead. Curtis's letter was written…

Letter from Abraham Lincoln to General Samuel R. Curtis regarding dispatch of enclosed documents to General John C. Fremont. October 24, 1861. The enclosures apparently included Special Order 18, removing Fremont from command of the Department of the…

Telegram from General Samuel R. Curtis to Abraham Lincoln reporting delivery of an order (Special Order 18) replacing General John C. Fremont with General David Hunter as Commander of the Department of the West. November 6, 1861. Lincoln's order…

Letter from Leonard Swett to Abraham Lincoln dismissing reports of significant opposition in Springfield, Missouri in response to the president's removal of John C. Fremont as Commander of the Department of the West. Fremont, a former western…

Letter from General Samuel R. Curtis to Lincoln expressing his appreciation for Lincoln's support for his promotion, noting his qualifications to be a Major General, and clarifying his actions related to General John C. Fremont's removal as commander…

Abraham Lincoln's endorsement of a request to transfer Lieutenant Thomas Drummond from the 5th U.S. Cavalry to an Iowa regiment, elsehwere identified as the 4th Iowa Cavalry, as a Lieutenant Colonel. Autograph Endorsement Signed.

Commission of Thomas J. McKean as Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers, signed by Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. February 6, 1862. McKean was a West Point graduate (1831), military officer (1831-1834, 1837-1838), and, as an…

Commission of Grenville M. Dodge as Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers, signed by Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. March 31, 1862. Dodge, a railroad surveyor and Council Bluff lawyer before the Civil War, began his wartime…