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Lincoln By Number

A quantitative analysis of President Lincoln's telegrams sent from March 10, 1864 - April 12, 1865

Cristina Raszewski

on 19 April 2010

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The majority of the telegrams (35%) were administrative, though as mentioned previously many of these could also be considered in other categories, particularly war-related. The other two highest categories were issues relating to the war at 22% and stays of execution at 21%.
The six top telegram correspondents with President Lincoln were: Lieutenant General Grant (43), Major General Butler (23), Major General Rosencrans (13), Major General Wallace (11), Governor Andrew Johnson (11), and the Officer in Command at Nashville, TN (9). These individuals correspond well with information discovered regarding the overall purposes of the telegrams being largely administrative and war-related.
The greatest number of correspondences is between Lieutenant General Grant and President Lincoln and, as can be expected, pertains to the war. The next top two correspondences are with Major General Butler pertaining to the war and Major General Rosencrans pertaining to administrative matters.

The Data: The Graphs: Overall Findings Guiding Methodology The general guidelines pursued in this quantitative study are as follows:

Personal - In general relating to the travel of Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln or inquiries of a personal nature. It is likely that a good deal of the traveling correspondences were related to the war and/or politically inclined.

Legal - Relating to the courts or laws. Overlap with war and politics is also likely

Political - In general relating to campaigns and appointments of government offices, obvious relations to the war in some cases as well.

War Related - For the purposes of this study was refined to anything directly discussing appointment of officers, exchange of prisoners or war personnel, specific military events, battle plans, and notes of thanks to war personnel

Stays of Execution Relating to the staying/suspension of an execution. * Note* Does not include inquiries into status of prisoners

Administrative - In general a catchall for the correspondences dealing with general duties and responsibilities of President - banishments and oaths, requests for summary of charges (with no directive for a suspension of execution), requests for information, directives not related to the war, etc. *Note* A good deal of this administrative work is correlated to the war effort and thus could be interpreted as war related as well.

Undetermined A few telegrams simply did not provide enough information to determine its overall purpose.
This is a quantitative analysis that explores the overriding purposes and predominant correspondents of President Lincoln’s telegram from March 10, 1864 through April 12, 1865. Every effort was made to ensure that consistency in categorization was maintained. Numerous telegrams could potentially fit in multiple category headings due to the nuances of meaning within these correspondences.
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