Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Reply to a Delegation of Kentuckians [1]

January 2, 1865

You howled when Butler went to New-Orleans. Others howled when he was removed from that command. Somebody has been howling ever since at his assignment to military command. How long will it be before you, who are howling for his assignment to rule Kentucky, will be howling to me to remove him?

Annotation

[1]   New York Tribune, January 4, 1865. Lincoln's reply was made to a delegation of Kentuckians who applied ``to have Gen. Butler assigned to a command that should embrace their State.'' The account notes further, that the Kentuckians in reply persisted in their demand for Butler.