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Wednesday, November 11, 1863.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln writes Secretary of War : "I personally wish Jacob R. Freese, of New-Jersey to be appointed a Colonel for a colored regiment—and this regardless of whether he can tell the exact shade of Julius Caesar's hair." Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 11 November 1863, CW, 7:11.

Lincoln writes to Postmaster General Montgomery Blair, who forwarded a letter from John Crisfield, of Maryland. Crisfield complained about the actions of federal troops during the recent election. Crisfield wrote, "The interference of the military has frustrated the popular will, and placed men in power, who could not have been chosen at any fair election." Lincoln seeks proof of the alleged abuse and assures Blair that he "will call . . . to account" any military personnel who "violated, or transcended his orders." John W. Crisfield to Montgomery Blair, 8 November 1863; Montgomery Blair to Abraham Lincoln, 11 November 1863, both in Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to Montgomery Blair, 11 November 1863, CW, 7:9-10.

President answers telegram of John Milderborger, of Peru, Ind.: "I can-not comprehend the object of your despatch. I do not often decline seeing people who call upon me; and probably will see you if you call." Abraham Lincoln to John Milderborger, 11 November 1863, CW, 7:10.