Rosecrans responded that he held the town with 30, men but that their fate was in the hands of God—hardly a response to instill confidence.
After 18 hours of deliberation, the jurors failed to reach a decision. Rogers and Crothers finally came to trial in the spring ofLincoln had sought instruction from Dr.
They believed that it was not advisable to move until the fate of Vicksburg had been decided. Lincoln responded immediately that he still had confidence in the general and that the government would do all it could to assist him.
The relief expedition sent by the Union arrived too late to intervene. Lincoln did not live to provide an answer. Instead of deferring to the border states and Northern Democrats, he would activate the Northern antislavery majority that had elected him and mobilize the potential of black manpower by issuing a proclamation of freedom for slaves in rebellious states—the Emancipation Proclamation.
Isaac Small, who had helped to administer the chloroform to Fleming at the time the attempt was made to re-break his right thigh bone, had moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
Younger attorneys on the trial circuit often sought the services of Lincoln, whose experience and presence in the courtroom had earned their respect. Through the delivery of the Second Inaugural Address, he was asking the entire nation to confront unblinkingly the legacy of the long history of bondage.
And the thrust of his argument is that even if blacks were inferior, that is not a warrant for taking away their rights.