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President expresses entire satisfaction with Capt. David V. Derickson and Co. K, 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers, as presidential guard. Abraham Lincoln to Whom It May Concern, 1 November 1862, CW, 5:484-85.



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[Mrs. Lincoln in New York, accompanied by Gen. and Mrs. Anderson, calls on Gen. Scott. Mrs. Lincoln to President, (2 November 1862), John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.]



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President receives warning from Cong. Washburne (Ill.) that troop movements are being misrepresented. Washburne to Lincoln, 29 October 1862, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

[Mrs. Lincoln in New York requisitions $200 from special fund and gives it to Mrs. Elizabeth Keckley, her Negro dressmaker and confidant, to aid Contraband Association. Mrs. Lincoln to President, 3 November 1862, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.]



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Gov. Curtin (Pa.) concludes his business with President and leaves for home. Journal, Samuel P. Heintzelman Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

President in cabinet meeting reads letter he wrote to Gen. McClellan on October 13, 1862. Welles, Diary.

Will not receive visitors after 12 M. until Congress convenes. Washington Chronicle, 4 November 1862.



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Cabinet discusses problem of securing cotton. Bates, Diary.

President directs General in Chief Halleck to order Gen. McClellan removed from command of Army of Potomac and Gen. Burnside placed in command "forthwith, or so soon as he may deem proper." Abraham Lincoln to Henry W. Halleck, [5 November 1862], CW, 5:485-86.

Receives October salary warrant for $2,022.33. Pratt, Personal Finances, 182.

Writes Col. William R. Morrison: "I can not even conjecture what juniors of yours, you suppose I contemplate promoting over you. True, seniority has not been my rule, in this connection; but in considering military merit, it seems to me the world has abundant evidence that I discard politics." Abraham Lincoln to William R. Morrison, 5 November 1862, CW, 5:486-87.

Telegraphs Cong. Moses F. Odell (N.Y.): "You are re-elected. I wish to see you at once. Will you come? Please answer." Abraham Lincoln to Moses F. Odell, 5 November 1862, CW, 5:487.



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Sec. Chase at White House in morning reads to President letter from Gen. Butler regarding wages of Negroes at New Orleans. Abraham Lincoln to Benjamin F. Butler, 6 November 1862, CW, 5:487-88.

F. P. Blair, Sr., interviews President for purpose of retaining Gen. McClellan in command of Army of Potomac. William E. Smith, The Francis Preston Blair Family in Politics, 2 vols. (New York: Macmillan, 1933), 2:144.

Cong. Odell (N.Y.) visits White House at request of President. Odell to Lincoln, 5 November 1862, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.



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At cabinet meeting Asst. Sec. Fox convinces President that Ellet's rams belong under control of Navy. Gustavus V. Fox, Confidential Correspondence of Gustavus Vasa Fox, 2 vols. (New York: n.p., 1918), 2:147.

President in White House conference with Secs. Welles and Stanton , and Gen. Halleck. Transfers all war vessels on Mississippi to Navy. Order to Alfred W. Ellet, 7 November 1862, CW, 5:490.

Gen. Catharinus P. Buckingham of War Dept. delivers General Orders No. 182 removing Gen. McClellan from command of Army of Potomac. Philadelphia News, 23 December 1862; Committee on Conduct of War, Report (1863), 1:650.

President asks Sec. Chase: "Please send me the latest [New Orleans] 'Picayune' and 'True Delta' you can lay your hands upon." Abraham Lincoln to Salmon P. Chase, 7 November 1862, CW, 5:489.

[Mrs. Lincoln arrives in Boston and takes room at Parker House. Boston Journal, 10 November 1862.]



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[Mrs. Lincoln at Parker House in Boston; remains indoors because of inclement weather. Boston Journal, 11 November 1862.]

President writes: "I can very cheerfully say that Mr. Calvert has for some time been employed at the White-House, and has appeared to be a very faithful, worthy and gentlemanly young man." Recommendation for Mr. Calvert, 8 November 1862, CW, 5:491.



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Gen. Burnside assumes command of Army of Potomac as ordered by President on November 5, 1862. Abraham Lincoln to Henry W. Halleck, [5 November 1862], CW, 5:485-86.

[Mrs. Lincoln still at Parker House in Boston. Boston Journal, 11 November 1862.]

President writes her: "Mrs. Cuthbert [seamstress] & Aunt Mary [nurse] want to move to the White House, because it has grown so cold at Soldiers Home. Shall they?" Abraham Lincoln to Mary Todd Lincoln, 9 November 1862, CW, 5:492.



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President asks Gen. Pope for statement on Indians condemned to death by military commission at Lower Sioux Agency. Abraham Lincoln to John Pope, 10 November 1862, CW, 5:493.

Mrs. Carl Schurz reads husband's political letter to Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln to Carl Schurz, 10 November 1862, CW, 5:493-95.

Cong. Albert S. White (Ind.) interviews President regarding appointment of district judges. Bates to Lincoln, 11 November 1862, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

[Mrs. Lincoln in Boston goes for ride with two sons. In evening receives Gov. and Mrs. Andrew (Mass.), Sen. Sumner (Mass.), Julia Ward Howe, author and reformer, Jean L. Agassiz, professor of natural history at Harvard University, and others. Boston Journal, 11 November 1862; N.Y. Herald, 14 November 1862.]



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President confers with General Samuel P. Heintzelman regarding presidential bodyguard. Journal, Samuel P. Heintzelman Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Consults General Henry W. Halleck on troop movements in western Virginia and Tennessee. Abraham Lincoln to Andrew Johnson, 11 November 1862, CW, 5:497.

Writes letter of introduction for General Banks to Rear Admiral David G. Farragut in New Orleans: "Give him such assistance as you can consistently with your orders from the Navy Department." Abraham Lincoln to David G. Farragut, 11 November 1862, CW, 5:495.

[Mrs. Lincoln leaves Boston at 8:30 A.M. Boston Journal, 11 November 1862; Boston Advertiser, 12 November 1862.]



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New York delegation urges President to enforce better observance of Sabbath in army. Order for Sabbath Observance, 15 November 1862, CW, 5:497-98.

President discusses with Capt. Dahlgren promotion of son, Capt. Ulric Dahlgren (USA). Extracts from Dahlgren Diary, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Orders that attorney general be charged with superintendence and direction of all proceedings to be held under Act of Congress of July 17, 1862, entitled "An Act to suppress Insurrection, to punish Treason and Rebellion." Order Concerning the Confiscation Act, 13 November 1862, CW, 5:496.



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President pauses on way to War Dept. to watch telegraph operators practice new flag code of James M. Swain on White House grounds. Bates, Telegraph Office, 263.

Agrees with Halleck on Gen. Burnside's plans and notifies Burnside to go ahead. Isaac N. Arnold, Life of Abraham Lincoln, 362.

Receives Massachusetts group bearing petition from 12,333 women supporting administration. Petition, 13 November 1862, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Telegraphs Gen. Francis P. Blair, Jr., at St. Louis: "Please telegraph me the result of the election in Missouri, on Congress and Legislature." Abraham Lincoln to Francis P. Blair, Jr., 14 November 1862, CW, 5:496-97.



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President, with Secs. Seward and Chase, drives to Navy Yard for trial test of Hyde rocket. Capt. Dahlgren joins group. Defective rocket explodes; President miraculously escapes injury. Extracts from Dahlgren Diary, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Bruce, Tools of War, 219.

Prescribes that Sunday labor in army and navy be reduced to measure of strict necessity. Order for Sabbath Observance, 15 November 1862, CW, 5:497-98.

John Hay writes: "Hell is to pay about Watt's affairs [John Watt, White House gardener and temporary steward, suspected of juggling government funds]. I think the Tycoon [President] begins to suspect him. . . . He [Watt] has got William and Carroll turned off, and has his eye peeled for a pop at me, because I won't let Madame [Mrs. Lincoln] have our stationery fund. They have gone to New York together." Dennett, Hay Diaries and Letters, 52.

[Mrs. Lincoln returns to New York from Boston and plans to stay at Metropolitan Hotel few days before going to Washington. Boston Transcript, 15 November 1862.]



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Assoc. Justice David Davis discusses with Lincoln plan to send whole western military force down Mississippi. Davis to Lincoln, 15 November 1862, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to Samuel Treat, 19 November 1862, CW, 5:501-2.

Hiram Barney consults with Lincoln about removals from office for political reasons. Barney to Lincoln, 18 November 1862, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

[John Hay is at Metropolitan hotel in New York. N.Y. Times, 16 November 1862.]



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President interviews A. B. Bennett, prominent gentleman from Canada, who expresses sympathy with Unioncause. Smith to Lincoln, 17 November 1862, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Writes Gen. Blair: "I suppose you are ordered to St. Helena. This means that you are to form part of McClernand's expedition, as it moves down the [Mississippi] river." Abraham Lincoln to Francis P. Blair, Jr., 17 November 1862, CW, 5:498-99.

Replies to Robert A. Maxwell, resident of Philadelphia addicted to writing sensational and sometimes unintelligible letters on public affairs to members of government: "Your despatch of to-day received. I do not at all understand it." [Probably relates to Richmond campaign and Gen. Franklin.] Abraham Lincoln to Robert A. Maxwell, 17 November 1862, CW, 5:499.



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President sends William M. McPherson of St. Louis to Arkansas for purpose of persuading people who want peace to elect members to Congress, "and perhaps a legislature, State officers, and United States Senators." Abraham Lincoln to Frederick Steele, John S. Phelps and Others, 18 November 1862, CW, 5:500.

[Mrs. Lincoln is still at Metropolitan hotel in New York where she is receiving daily calls from elite of city. N.Y. Herald, 18 November 1862.]

Lincoln inquires of Gen. Dix at Fortress Monroe, Va.: "Please give me your best opinion, as to the number of the enemy now at Richmond, and also at Petersburg." Abraham Lincoln to John A. Dix, 18 November 1862, CW, 5:499.



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Lincoln receives J. Wesley Greene, Pittsburgh businessman, at White House for interview to hear about two conversations Greene claims to have had with President Davis. Stanton to Lincoln, 19 November 1862, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Memorandum Concerning J. Wesley Greene, [December 1862?], CW, 5:517-18.

Orders Atty. Gen. Bates to issue pardon to Gen. Edwin R. Price (CSA), who resigned his commission and went home. Abraham Lincoln to Edward Bates, 19 November 1862, CW, 5:500-1.



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President receives, by hand of Sen. Henry M. Rice (Minn.), memorial regarding Indian affairs signed by 18 bishops of Episcopal Church. Rice to Lincoln, 20 November 1862, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Reviews Gen. Silas Casey's division at Fort Albany, Va., one mile from Long Bridge. Casey to Lincoln, 19 November 1862, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.



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President prohibits exportation of arms and ammunition. Order Prohibiting Export of Arms and Munitions, 21 November 1862, CW, 5:503.

Sends to Gov. Shepley (La.) two communications on subject of congressional election, by hand of Dr. Hugh Kennedy, pharmacist [later mayor of New Orleans]. Abraham Lincoln to George F. Shepley, 21 November 1862, CW, 5:504; Abraham Lincoln to George F. Shepley, 21 November 1862, CW, 5:504-5.

Interviews group of unconditional Union Kentuckians on subject of gradual abolition of slavery. Roy P. Basler, "Beef! beef! beef! Lincoln and Judge Robertson," Abraham Lincoln Quarterly 6 (September 1951):405; Remarks to Union Kentuckians, 21 November 1862, CW, 5:503-4.



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President decides that "Confederate Scrip" owned by Union men may not be invested in cotton to be removed from Confederacy. Roy P. Basler, "Beef! beef! beef! Lincoln and Judge Robertson," Abraham Lincoln Quarterly 6 (September 1951):405; Abraham Lincoln to William L. Vance, 22 November 1862, CW, 5:507.

Holds conference at Sec. Seward's residence. Fox, Diary, Gist-Blair Family Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Informs Gen. Banks: "I have just been overwhelmed and confounded with the sight of a requisition made by you, . . . If you had the articles of this requisition upon the wharf, with the necessary animals to make them of use, and forage forthe animals, you could not get vessels together in two weeks to carry the whole, to say nothing of your twenty thousand men; . . . And, after all, where you are going, you have no use for them." Abraham Lincoln to Nathaniel P. Banks, 22 November 1862, CW, 5:505-6.



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President reads collection of newspaper editorials by Henry Ward Beecher criticizing administration of government. Harper, Press, 179.



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Lincoln writes to General Carl Schurz, who questions the wisdom of appointing Democratic generals to high-command positions. Lincoln responds, "I certainly know that if the war fails, the administration fails, and that I will be blamed for it . . . I wish to disparage no one—certainly not those who sympathize with me; but I must say I need success more than I need sympathy, and that I have not seen the so much greater evidence of getting success from my sympathizers, than from those who are denounced as the contrary." Carl Schurz to Abraham Lincoln, 20 November 1862, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to Carl Schurz, 24 November 1862, CW, 5:509-11.

Explains to George S. Boutwell, commissioner of internal revenue, that by oversight "the Eastern Shore counties of Virginia, and some other counties of Hon. Mr. [Cong. Joseph E.] Segar's District, were not classed as loyal in the proclamation of July." Abraham Lincoln to George S. Boutwell, 24 November 1862, CW, 5:507-8.

Writes Maj. Key: "In regard to my dismissal of yourself from the military service, it seems to me you misunderstand me. . . . I bear you no ill will; . . . I am really sorry for the pain the case gives you, but I do not see how, consistently with duty, I can change it." Abraham Lincoln to John J. Key, 24 November 1862, CW, 5:508-9.



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11:30 A.M. President inquires of Gen. Burnside: "If I should be in a Boat off Aquia-Creek, at dark to-morrow (wednesday) evening, could you, without inconvenience, meet me & pass an hour or two with me?" Abraham Lincoln to Ambrose E. Burnside, 25 November 1862, CW, 5:511.

Interviews Samuel B. Ruggles, New York lawyer, politician, and railroad and bank director, regarding "active steps to favor N.Y." Bates, Diary, 24 November 1862.



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President at Belle Plain in evening for conference with Gen. Burnside. "Neither Halleck nor the Sect. knew that he was going." Colburn to McClellan, 27 November 1862, George B. McClellan Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Referring to slave belonging to Judge George Robertson of Kentucky, Lincoln writes: "If this be true, convey yours [slave] to Col. [William L.] Utley, so that he can make him free, and I will pay you any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars." Abraham Lincoln to George Robertson, 26 November 1862, CW, 5:512-14.

[Mrs. Lincoln leaves New York on return trip to Washington. Philadelphia Press, 27 November 1862.]



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President confers with Gen. Burnside on board steamer "Baltimore" preparatory to attack on Fredericksburg, Va. John G. Nicolay and John Hay, Abraham Lincoln: A History, 10 vols. (New York: Century, 1890), 6:200.

Proposes plan for attacking Fredericksburg: three forces to move simultaneously, one from Port Royal, Va., directly up south side of Rappahannock, one from north side of Pamunkey, while Burnside attempts crossing at Fredericksburg. Gens. Halleck and Burnside reject plan. Abraham Lincoln to Henry W. Halleck, 27 November 1862, CW, 5:514-15.

Returns to Washington before noon. Washington Chronicle, 28 November 1862.

Ohio congressmen wait upon President with petition for release of former Cong. Edson B. Olds (Ohio), imprisoned in Fort Lafayette, N.Y., for disloyalty. Cox and others to Lincoln, 27 November 1862, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Mrs. Lincoln arrives home after extended trip to New York and Boston. Helm, Mary, 204; N.Y. Times, 27 November 1862.



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In evening officer sent by Gen. Burnside sees President. Burnside to Lincoln, 28 November 1862, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.



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Sen. Browning (Ill.) at White House for long talk about war conditions and elections. Browning, Diary.

Lincoln writes to Attorney General Edward Bates regarding a communication from Missouri's provisional Governor Hamilton R. Gamble. Gamble asked Lincoln whether the state or the federal government controls the troops that Gamble "raised." Lincoln writes, "Instead of settling one dispute by deciding the question, I should merely furnish a nest full of eggs for hatching new disputes." Lincoln concludes, "[T]he offer of the Secretary of War to let Gov. Gamble make vacancies, and he, the Secretary, to ratify the making of them, ought to be satisfactory." Hamilton R. Gamble to Abraham Lincoln, 31 October 1861; Hamilton R. Gamble to Henry W. Halleck, October 1862; Hamilton R. Gamble to Abraham Lincoln, 17 November 1862, all in Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to Edward Bates, 29 November 1862, CW, 5:515-16.



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President and Mrs. Lincoln attend services at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church."Castine" [Noah Brooks], Washington, December 4, 1862, in Sacramento Union, December 30, 1862. Asst. Sec. Fox at White House to see Mrs. Lincoln. Fox, Diary, Gist-Blair Family Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.