Letter from Lincoln to Secretary of War Stanton
the Edward C. Stone Collection at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University
This is a letter from President Lincoln to his Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, concerning an order to replace the man in charge of military police. It's super-boring official business! The countless memos, minor letters, and official documents that make up the minutia of war are often left out of the exciting dramatizations, largely because they are dull. Here's the text: "Some days ago, upon the unanimous request of our friends in Congress from Connecticut, and upon what appeared to be good reason, I ordered a change of Provost Marshall and Commissioner under the enrolment law...they are complaining now that it is not done- Let it be done."
History is exciting, but the documents that make it happen aren't always.