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Letter from Abraham Lincoln to Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, March 11, 1862

Lincoln wrote this letter to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles (1802-1878) on March 11, 1862, asking him to fill a requisition sent by Commodore Andrew H. Foote (1806-1863). Gideon Welles rebuilt the Navy during his tenure and was credited with implementing an effective blockade of Southern ports. Commodore Foote commanded the Mississippi River Squadron that operated on the western rivers and distinguished himself in the Battles of Fort Donelson and Fort Henry. He was promoted to rear admiral several months after this letter.

From the CMC Manuscript Collection: Mss VF 3753.

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Letter to Welles

Executive Mansion
March 11, 1862

Hon. Sec. of Navy

My dear Sir

Comodor Footes tele=
gram of the 10th has just been
sent me – Please have the re-
quisition made in it, filled as
soon as possible.

Yours truly
A. Lincoln

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