TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (CBS Atlanta) – University of Alabama librarians have uncovered two letters written by President Abraham Lincoln.
In a letter dated November 6, 1863, Lincoln talks about how people from Baltimore that are charged with treason 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,” Louis A. Pitschmann, UA Dean of Libraries, told WBRC-TV.
In another letter, dated July 30, 1862, Lincoln discusses what he wants to do with muskets that were 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 to WBRC.
“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 told the station.
The letters will be open for public viewing at the Gorgas Library Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.