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In the course of August, provide handled manpower matters. In mid-August, he wrote to his buddy and political suggest, Congressman Elihu Washburne: The rebels have now of their ranks their final guy. The little boys and outdated males are guarding prisoners, guarding rail-road bridges and forming an exceptional a part of their garrisons for intrenched [sic] positions. a guy misplaced through them cannot be changed. they've got robbed the cradle and the grave both to get their current strength. in addition to what they lose in common skirmishes and battles they're now loosing [sic] from desertions and different factors no less than one regiment in keeping with day. a hundred thirty provide advised Washburne that he foresaw a Union victory if the North was once actual to itself and rejected Southern hopes for the election of a peace candidate. 131 provide famous that prisoner exchanges benefited the Confederates, who had constrained manpower. On August 18, he wrote, “If we begin a approach of exchanges which liberates all prisoners taken we are going to need to struggle on until eventually the total South is exterminated. If we carry these stuck they volume to not more than lifeless males. At this actual time to unlock all insurgent prisoners [in the] North might insure Sherman’s defeat and might compromise our security the following. ”132 tomorrow he wrote, “We ought to not make a unmarried trade nor unencumber a prisoner on any pretext no matter what till the warfare closes. we have to struggle until eventually the army strength of the South is exhausted and if we free up or alternate prisoners captured it easily turns into a warfare of extermination. ”133 on the exact same time, Lincoln was once utilizing an identical cause to protect emancipation as essential to successful the warfare. He did so in the course of an August 19 interview with Alexander W. Randall and Joseph T. turbines. The president criticized George McClellan, the most probably Democratic presidential candidate, and the Democrats for unrealistically believing that the warfare will be gained via conciliation and with no black troops. His reviews incorporated the subsequent research of the necessity for black infantrymen and a safety of emancipation: There are actually among 1 & 2 hundred thousand black males now within the carrier of the Union. those males might be disbanded [under Democratic strategy], lower back to slavery & we are going to need to struggle countries rather than one. i've got attempted it. you can't concilliate [sic] the South, while the grasp & keep watch over of hundreds of thousands of blacks makes them yes of final luck. . . . Abandon all of the posts now possessed via black men[,] give up these kind of benefits to the enemy, & we'd be forced to desert the struggle in three weeks. we need to carry territory. the place are the struggle democrats to do it[? ] . . . My enemies say i'm now wearing in this struggle for the only real goal of abolition. it truly is & may be carried on as long as i'm President for the only real goal of restoring the union. yet no human strength can subdue this uprising with no utilizing the Emancipation lever as i've got performed. Freedom has given us the regulate of 200,000 capable bodied males, born & raised on southern soil. . . . My enemies condemn my emancipation coverage.