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

To Edwin M. Stanton [1]

February 8, 1865.

Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War.

Do not fail to have an interview with this most extraordinary and intelligent black man. A. LINCOLN.

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Annotation

[1]   Frank A. Rollin, Life and Public Services of Martin R. Delany (1883), p.171. According to the source, Martin R. Delany, Negro doctor and editor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, proposed to Lincoln that Negro officers of colored troops be appointed as a means of enlisting Southern Negroes in the army. AGO Special Orders No.98, February 27, 1865, directed; ``Major Martin R. Delany, U.S. Colored Troops, now in this city, will report in person, without delay, to Brevet Major-General Saxton, U.S. Volunteers, Superintendent of Recruitment and Organization of Colored Troops, Department of the South, at Beaufort, South Carolina, or wherever he may be.''