To Edwin M. Stanton

October 10, 1862

The organization attempted by Mr. Boswell, makes a place for people in that region inclined our way, to go; and, in that respect is important. While it is proper that a corps of Northern men should not be raised, & be called Mississippians, still I see no objection to Alabamian’s, and even persons from other Southern states, found in Missi[ssi]ppi, joining in the organization. Suppose the Sec. of War modifies his order so as to admit of this; and also providing that when enough for a regiment are obtained they shall go into the service at once, not waiting for the completion of a Brigade—nevertheless Mr. Boswell proceeding to get the materials for a Brigade, if practicable. One man there is worth two here in this, that it adds one to us, and takes one from the enemy; and for which advantage we can afford to endure a little extra extra [sic] trouble and perplexity. A. LINCOLN


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