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The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is a long-term project dedicated to identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his entire lifetime (1809-1865).

New Lincoln papers found in the heart of Dixie

Lincoln to CameronPapers of Abraham Lincoln collection adds letters located at University of Alabama

SPRINGFIELD – The Papers of Abraham Lincoln announced that it has scanned two previously unknown Lincoln documents from the A. S. Williams III Americana Collection at The University of Alabama Libraries in Tuscaloosa.

The first is a letter to Lincoln’s former secretary of war, Simon Cameron, written on Nov. 6, 1863. The letter concerns a series of treason cases against prominent Baltimore officials. Cameron had imprisoned many of them during his time in Lincoln's cabinet, and in turn, several of them had sued him in federal court for false imprisonment. Cameron wrote to Lincoln urging the president to press the treason trials to demonstrate the government's intolerance for treason and to help Cameron's case.

Lincoln responded that he had sent an attorney to Baltimore to investigate the matter and had learned that the judge did not want to proceed without the presence of the Supreme Court justice responsible for Maryland's federal circuit.


  • Lincoln 1863

    Lincoln in 1863

  • Gettysburg Address

    One of the five extant copies of the Gettysburg Address.  Courtesy of the White House Historical Association.

  • Lincoln 1864

    Lincoln in 1864.

  • Lincoln endorsement

    Lincoln endorsement discharging an under-age soldier, November 1863.  Courtesy of a private collector.

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