Lincoln’s View of Carpetbag Politicians in the South
“Executive Mansion, Washington.
November 27, 1862.
Hon. Geo. F. Shepley, Military Governor of Louisiana:
“Dear Sir: Dr. Kennedy, bearer of this, has some apprehension that federal officers, not citizens of Louisiana, may be set up as candidates for Congress in that State. In my view there could be no possible object in such an election.
To send a parcel of Northern men here as Representatives, elected, as would be understood, (and perhaps really so,) at the point of a bayonet, would be disgraceful and outrageous; and were I a member Congress here, I would vote against admitting such men to a seat.
Yours, very truly, A. Lincoln.”
(Civil War and Reconstruction, James G. Randall. D.C. Heath and Company, 1937. pg. 701)