Letter from Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, August 9, 1863

Raising Black Troops

In this letter to General Ulysses S. Grant, then based in Mississippi, Lincoln states that “raising colored troops…is a resource which, if vigorously applied now, will soon close the contest.” Lincoln goes on to encourage Grant that “at least a hundred thousand can, and ought to be rapidly organized…relieving all the white troops to serve elsewhere.” The addition of black troops greatly aided Union efforts to defeat the Confederacy.