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Stumping for Lincoln: John Hay's Mission to Florida - Lecture

  • The Fells 456 Route 103A Newbury, NH, 03255 (map)

Lecture by author and historian Mike Pride

President Abraham Lincoln hoped to bring Florida back into the Union in time for the 1864 election. Treasury Secretary Salmon Chase, Lincoln's rival for the GOP nomination in 1864, had an alternative plan and sent a shady emissary to work on it. Lincoln countered by sending John Hay, who began repatriating Floridians in Union-held bastions along the East Coast. Hay concluded by the time he reached Key West that reconstruction efforts in Florida were premature. Mike Pride is editor emeritus of the Concord Monitor; he is a writer, historian and a retired administrator.

This event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is requested, though walk-ins are welcome. To reserve call 603-763-4789 x3.

This program is made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities.