cover of book

The Lincoln Mailbag: America Writes to the President, 1861-1865
edited by Harold Holzer
Southern Illinois University Press, 2006
eISBN: 978-0-8093-8810-3 | Paper: 978-0-8093-2685-3 | Cloth: 978-0-8093-2072-1
Library of Congress Classification E457.9621998
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.7092


As president, Abraham Lincoln received between two hundred and five hundred letters a day—correspondence from public officials, political allies, and military leaders, as well as letters from ordinary Americans of all races who wanted to share their views with him. Here, and in his critically acclaimed volume Dear Mr. Lincoln, editor Harold Holzer has rescued these voices—sometimes eloquent, occasionally angry, at times poetic—from the obscurity of the archives of the Civil War. The Lincoln Mailbag includes letters written by African Americans, which Lincoln never saw, revealing to readers a more accurate representation of the nation’s mood than even the president knew. This first paperback edition of The Lincoln Mailbag includes a new index and fourteen illustrations, and Holzer’s introduction and annotations provide historical context for the events described and the people who wrote so passionately to their president in Lincoln's America.

Nearby on shelf for United States / Civil War period, 1861-1865 / Lincoln's administrations, 1861-April 15, 1865: