Lincoln supported a strong military, including a draft, to defend the Nation, saying, “Shall we shrink from the necessary means to maintain our free government, which our grandfathers employed to establish it and our own fathers have already employed once to maintain it?”
Letter to Joseph Segar, September 5, 1863
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