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President Lincoln calls for 75,000 troops to suppress the Rebellion and enforce United States law

Abraham Lincoln, May 16, 1861, Brady image, detail
04/15/1861
President Lincoln, responding to the firing on Fort Sumter, issued a proclamation calling for "the militia of the several States of the Union, to the aggregate number of seventy-five thousand ... to cause the laws to be duly executed." Their first duty would be to "re-possess the forts, places, and property which have been seized from the Union."  The statement also ordered a special session of both houses of congress to convene at noon on July 4, 1861.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln Association, Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 4 (New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 332-333 
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