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The Lincoln Mailbag: America Writes to the President, 1861-1865by Holzer, Harold, ed.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Retail Price: $22.95
Issue: Fall 2006
In October 1861, B.J.F. Hanna composed a brief but thorough letter to President Abraham Lincoln. Without mention of the war that currently engulfed his country, Hanna beseeched the president for an appointment to one of the nine federal posts enumerated within the note. While no less sincere, most of the thousands of people who wrote Lincoln focused not on personal gain but on the tragedies visited them by war, the joy felt upon learning of their emancipation, and the hope that both he and the country could endure the war.