- Jul 26, 2018
When discussing the causes of the Civil War, I am often told Lincoln's goal was to collect taxes and tariffs from the South. This is often accompanied by the claim, Lincoln said so. However, although I have asked for a reference for - Lincoln said so - nobody so far has been able to produce a statement by the sixteenth president stating his goal in the war was to collect taxes and tariffs. Does anyone know of a direct quote from Lincoln saying he is primarily interested in taxes and/or tariffs?