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Univ. of Alabama researchers uncover 2 letters from President Lincoln

Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC

University of Alabama librarians are handling two of President Abraham Lincoln's letters with care.

In one letter dated November 6, 1863, Lincoln discusses how some people charged with treason in Baltimore should be treated during the Civil War.

"What's really interesting to us and interesting to the general public is that the man who is president of the United States during the Civil War wrote on a topic very sensitive to anyone at the time or studying the Civil War or the Confederacy," UA Dean of Libraries Louis A. Pitschmann said.

The other is from July 30, 1862 where he explains what to do with muskets taken from ships trying to run the Union blockade into the Confederacy.

"The scholarly community described the letters as pointing out not just Lincoln the president, but also Lincoln the attorney, Lincoln the man well versed on legal affairs," Pitschmann explained.

The letters are part of a much larger collection the University got from Birmingham collector AS Williams in 2010.

The letters recently caught the eye of Lincoln scholars from his home state of Illinois.

"There's a national project underway in Illinois to identify and locate all letters written by Abraham Lincoln and that group was unaware of these letters until they saw the guide to the collection," Pitschmann added.

The public can view the letters in the Gorgas Library Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.

They can also be viewed online at the following links:

Letter from Orison Blunt, New York, New York, to John S. Loomis, Illinois, July 23, 1862 (endorsed by President Lincoln)

Letter from President Abraham Lincoln, Washington, to Simon Cameron, November 6, 1863

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