Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Appeal to the President

There was strong political pressure on President Lincoln to rescind his summary dismissal of Col. John McHenry.  The problem was that McHenry's supporters, like the colonel's father, were not Republicans.

The following item in appeared on the second page of Owensboro's The Monitor on January 14, 1863.

A resolution has been introduced into the Legislature requesting the President to restore Col. McHenry to his command, and also urging the President to attend to his rapid promotion.  We hope to not only see this resolution passed, but the President comply with this request, which is the desire of every loyal man in Kentucky.  We need true soldiers in this war, if we would be successful; and such Col. McHenry's heroic conduct in battle has proven him to be.  There are none that love their country and their country's welfare more, and his reinstatement would be a simple act of justice.*

* Special thanks to The Kentucky Room at Daviess County Public Library for their assistance in locating and copying this article.

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