|Abraham Lincoln to General David Hunter
Capture of Jacksonville by USCT troops
April 1, 1863
(Private.) EXECUTIVE MANSION, WASHINGTON, D. C.
April 1, 1863.
MY DEAR SIR:--I am glad to see the accounts of your colored force at Jacksonville, Florida. I see the enemy are
driving at them fiercely, as is to be expected. It is important to the enemy that such a force shall not take shape
and grow and thrive in the South, and in precisely the same proportion it is important to us that it shall. Hence the
utmost caution and vigilance is necessary on our part. The enemy will make extra efforts to destroy them, and we
should do the same to preserve and increase them.