Katz is pretty typical of people who trash Lincoln. Ironically, in his day, LIncoln was vilfied by people for just the opposite reason -- Katz wants to give people the impression Lincoln was not so much against slavery, he just cared about the Union.
Yes, you can find such a quote -- the famous one is in a letter to Greely. Mr Katz considers himself a scholar? Of what? He should know that at the time LIncoln wrote this, Ohio Congressmen were calling for the arrest of anyone (they meant Lincoln) who even spoke the words that slavery should end for the war to end. Anyone who dared to say, let the war end slavery, should be ARRESTED.
I bet you never heard that. If you saw the movie Lincoln, they showed some of the pressures LIncoln faced, but no movie could show the real pressures. LIncoln was faced with most people, including his soldiers and generals at the time, just wanting to end the war His own advisors were saying wait, let slavery be litgated later, let a national referendum on slavery, just end the war if the South agrees to lay down arms.
Lincoln could have -- he was under massive pressure to end the war. The South was sending messages from Davis, via Blair, that they would lay down arms, but they could keep slavery. Lincoln said no - no - no . We end slavery. We do NOT end the war until we end slavery.
This was alluded to in the movie, but not strongly enough. SO Congressmen wanted LIncoln arrested. Really. These were not lunatic tea party nut jobs, these were Northern CONGRESSMEN.
SO LIncoln had to say -- and honestly so -- IF -- IF _ IF he could keep the union together, he would. Notice the IF . Lincoln used words like a brain surgeon uses a laser beam. He did not say IF because he needed to fill up space. IF he could keep the Union together. LIncoln had also said like 50 times, the best way to defeat slavery is to limit it's spread. To limit it's spread, you had to keep the union together.
Lincoln was an artful dodger that way. Yes, he said that IF statement, and he was quite deceptive. In the movie Lincoln uses a similiar linquistic ruse- - he said something like he assured the House that the Confederates would not come into Washington -- because he was keeping them at HAMPTON ROADS.
That's sorta was Lincoln was doing with his letter to Greely.
But learn about Lincoln and those who trash him. http://trashinglincoln.blogspot.com/