|Sunday, November 1, 1863.|
President reports night fighting of Gen. Hooker to
Sec. Seward, who is in Auburn, N.Y., because of illness of son. Abraham
Lincoln to William H. Seward, 1 November 1863,
consults with Gen. Schenck, Cong. James A. Garfield (Ohio), and Cong. Kelley
(Pa.) about orderly Maryland elections November 4, 1863. Hay,
Letters and Diary; Schenck to Stanton, 1
November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers,
Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Prepares order concerning
draft: "It is ordered that every citizen who has paid the $300 commutation
shall receive the same credit therefor as if he had furnished a substitute, and
is exonerated from military service for the time for which he was drafted, to
wit, for three years." Order
Concerning the Draft, [1 November 1863], CW, 6:553-54.
|Monday, November 2, 1863.|
Through Postmaster Gen. Blair, Lincoln advises Cong. Blair (Mo.) to
return to army if not elected Speaker of House of Representatives.
Abraham Lincoln to Montgomery Blair, 2 November 1863, CW, 6:554-55.
Interviews Cong. Kelley (Pa.) regarding speech of Postmaster Gen. Blair.
Hay, Letters and Diary.
Receives David Barclay, Pennsylvania attorney with introduction from
Asst. Atty. Gen. Coffey.
Coffey to Lincoln, 2 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Confers with Gen. Schenck about possible violence at Maryland polls
on election day, November 4, 1863.
Washington Star, 3 November 1863; Hay, Letters and Diary.
Recognizes M. E. Rodriguez as consul of Mexican Republic at San Francisco.
Washington Chronicle, 4 November 1863.
Judge David Wills of Gettysburg invites President to dedicate
National Cemetery at Gettysburg on November 19, 1863 with "few
Wills to Lincoln, 2 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Writes Gov. Bradford (Md.) that first of three propositions in
Schenck's Order No. 53 is revoked because it is too liable to abuse.
"He assures me it is almost certain that violence will be used at
some of the voting places on election day, unless prevented by his
provostguards. . . . My order . . . assures the right of voting to
all loyal men; and whether a man is loyal . . . [is]
fix[ed] by his own oath. . . . In this struggle for the nation's
life, I can not so confidently rely on those whose elections may have
depended upon disloyal votes."
Abraham Lincoln to Augustus W. Bradford, 2 November 1863, CW, 6:555-56; Abraham Lincoln to Augustus W. Bradford, 2 November 1863, CW, 6:556-58.
Assures J. H. Hackett who allowed Lincoln's letter to him to be
published in newspaper: "My note to you I certainly did not expect to
see in print; yet I have not been much shocked by the newspaper
comments upon it. Those comments constitute a fair specimen of what
has occurred to me through life. I have endured a great deal of
ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of
kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it."
Abraham Lincoln to James H. Hackett, 2 November 1863, CW, 6:558-59.
[First appearance by "the young and distinguished tragedian," John Wilkes Booth, in "Richard III" at Ford's Theatre. Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 31 October 1863, 2d ed., 3:5; 2 November 1863, 2d ed., 2:2, 3:2, 5.]
|Tuesday, November 3, 1863.|
President recognizes G. Papendick as consul of Hanover at
Boston. Washington Chronicle, 9 November 1863.
Appoints confidential secretary of Sec. Chase, H. G. Plantz, U.S. attorney
for Southern District of Florida. Washington Star, 3
William Evans, English liberal in America to
study democratic government, visits Lincoln. John M. Forbes,
Letters and Recollections of John Murray Forbes, 2 vols.
(Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1899), 2:76-78.
Lincoln writes Sec.
Seward in Auburn, N.Y.: "Nothing new. Despatches up to twelve last night, from
Chattanooga show all quiet and doing well. How is your son?" Abraham Lincoln to William H.
Seward, 3 November 1863, CW,
Lincoln writes to the commander of the Army of the Potomac
General George Meade and requests more information concerning Private Samuel
Wellers with the 49th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Lincoln explains,
"Wellers . . . writes that he is to be shot for desertion on the 6th . . . His own
story is rather a bad one, and yet he tells it so frankly, that I am some what
interested in him. Has he been a good soldier, except the desertion? About how
old is he?" Abraham Lincoln to George G. Meade, 3 November
1863, CW, 6:561.
|Wednesday, November 4, 1863.|
[James L. Thomas hauls 19 loads of furniture from Soldiers' Home to
the Executive Mansion, where the Lincolns must now be living for the cool season.
DNA—RG 217, General Accounting Office, 148-947.]
|Thursday, November 5, 1863.|
President confers with former Cong. Benjamin F.
Flanders (La.) and special agent of treasury regarding efforts to establish
true state government and writes Gen. Banks of disappointment that nothing is
being done. Abraham
Lincoln to Nathaniel P. Banks, 5 November 1863,
committee from African Civilization Society with petition asking for $5,000.
Mitchell to Lincoln, 5 November 1863, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of
Congress, Washington, DC; Address to Lincoln, 5 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington,
Rides over to Georgetown Heights in afternoon accompanied
by John Hay. Dennett, Hay Diaries and
Receives October salary warrant for
$2,022.33. Pratt, Personal
John Nicolay returns from Rocky
Mountains, entirely restored to health. Washington Star, 5 November
|Friday, November 6, 1863.|
Secretary of State Seward telegraphs President from Auburn, N.Y., that he returns
to duty November 7, 1863.
William H. Seward to Abraham Lincoln, 6 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
|Saturday, November 7, 1863.|
President confers with Judge Adv. Gen. Holt in morning about
Hay, Letters and Diary.
Recognizes J. H. Goebler, Jr., as consul of Prussia at Boston, Carl
Meising as consul of Principality of Schaumburg Lippe for U.S., and
Juan Pico y Villanueva as consul of Spain at New York.
Washington Chronicle, 12 November 1863.
Thurlow Weed presents to President four-point plan concerning amnesty.
Thurlow W. Barnes, ed., Life of Thurlow Weed including his Autobiography and a Memoir, 2 vols. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1884), 2:438.
|Sunday, November 8, 1863.|
A. Gardner photographs Lincoln.
Frederick H. Meserve and Carl Sandburg, The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1944), 8 November 1863.
President is photographed with John Nicolay and John Hay.
Dennett, Hay Diaries and Letters, 117.
Replies to request of committee of merchants and citizens of New
York: "I shall be happy to give the interview to the committee as you
Abraham Lincoln to William B. Astor and Robert B. Roosevelt, 8 November 1863, CW, 7:4.
|Monday, November 9, 1863.|
Gen. Butler's wife calls on
Mrs. Lincoln, who is absent, and
receives greetings from President. Butler,
Committee of merchants and citizens of New York, headed by John J. Astor, Jr.,
Robert B. Roosevelt, and Nathaniel Sands, presents petition to President
relative to Gen. Dix running for mayor of New York City. Astor and Roosevelt to Lincoln, 7 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington,
Abraham Lincoln to John J. Astor, Jr., and
Others, 8 November 1863, CW,
Presidential party attends performance at Ford's Theatre
starring John Wilkes Booth in "The Marble Heart." Hay,
Letters and Diary.
Telegraphs Gen. Burnside at Knoxville: "Have seen despatch from Gen. Grant
about your loss at Rogersville. Per-contra, about the same time
[Gen. William W.] Averell & [Gen. Alfred N.] Duffie got considerable
advantage of the enemy at and about Lewisburg, Va; and on Saturday, the 7th.
Meade drove the enemy from Rappahannock-station, and Kellys-ford, capturing 8
battleflags, four guns, and over eighteen hundred prisoners, with very little
loss to himself. Let me hear from you." Abraham Lincoln to Ambrose E.
Burnside, 9 November 1863, CW,
Lincoln writes to treasury department agent Benjamin F.
Flanders, of New Orleans, regarding Louisiana's re-entry into the Union.
Lincoln asks Flanders to ponder General Benjamin Butler's proposition that "a
vote be taken . . . whether there shall be a State convention to repeal the
Ordinance of secession, and remodel the State constitution." In Lincoln's
opinion, "the act of secession is legally nothing, and needs no repealing."
Abraham Lincoln to Benjamin F.
Flanders, 9 November 1863, CW,
Proposes that Judge Logan bring Mrs. W. H. Lamon, his
daughter, to ceremony at Gettysburg on 19th. Lamon will act as marshal on
occasion of dedicating cemetery there. Abraham Lincoln to Stephen T.
Logan, 9 November 1863, CW,
Congratulates Gen. Meade: "I have seen your dispatches
about operations on the Rappahannock on Saturday, and I wish to say, 'Well
done.' " Abraham Lincoln to George G. Meade,
9 November 1863, CW, 7:7.
Telegraphs Maj. John E. Mulford at Fortress Monroe, Va. "Let Mrs. Clark go
with Mrs. Todd." [Mrs. Lincoln is known to have used name "Mrs. Clark" when she
wished to travel incognito.] Abraham Lincoln to John E. Mulford,
9 November 1863, CW, 7:7-8.
|Tuesday, November 10, 1863.|
President prepares order concerning export of tobacco belonging to
foreign governments at peace with U.S.
Order Concerning Export of Tobacco, 10 November 1863, CW, 7:8.
Writes Gen. Schofield at St. Louis for information on why he refused
leave of absence to members in military service to attend legislature.
Abraham Lincoln to John M. Schofield, 10 November 1863, CW, 7:8.
|Wednesday, November 11, 1863.|
Lincoln writes Secretary
of War : "I personally wish Jacob R. Freese, of New-Jersey to be
appointed a Colonel for a colored regiment—and this regardless of
whether he can tell the exact shade of Julius Caesar's hair."
Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M.
Stanton, 11 November 1863, CW,
Lincoln writes to Postmaster General Montgomery Blair, who
forwarded a letter from John Crisfield, of Maryland. Crisfield complained about
the actions of federal troops during the recent election. Crisfield wrote, "The
interference of the military has frustrated the popular will, and placed men in
power, who could not have been chosen at any fair election." Lincoln seeks
proof of the alleged abuse and assures Blair that he "will call . . . to
account" any military personnel who "violated, or transcended his orders."
John W. Crisfield to Montgomery Blair, 8 November 1863;
Montgomery Blair to Abraham Lincoln, 11 November 1863, both in Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington,
Abraham Lincoln to Montgomery
Blair, 11 November 1863, CW,
President answers telegram of John Milderborger, of
Peru, Ind.: "I can-not comprehend the object of your despatch. I do not often
decline seeing people who call upon me; and probably will see you if you call."
Abraham Lincoln to John
Milderborger, 11 November 1863, CW, 7:10.
|Thursday, November 12, 1863.|
President attends wedding of Kate Chase, daughter of Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase, and
Senator William Sprague (R.I.) for a few minutes without Mrs. Lincoln.
Hay, Letters and Diary; "Castine" [Noah Brooks], Washington, 14 November 1863 in Sacramento Union, 12 December 1863.
"Mr. Lincoln and most of the Cabinet were there [Chase wedding] and
many General officers in uniform."
Journal, Samuel P. Heintzelman Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 13 November 1863; Washington Star, 13 November 1863.
Lincoln requests J. D. Defrees: "Please see this girl who works in
your [Government printing] office, and find out about her brother,
and come and tell me." [Her brother, impressed into Confederate
service, was taken prisoner by Union forces.]
Abraham Lincoln to John D. Defrees, 12 November 1863, CW, 7:12.
|Friday, November 13, 1863.|
President responds in brief speech to presentation of gold-mounted hickory
cane by Senator John Conness (Calif.).
Reply to John Conness upon Presentation of a Cane, 13 November 1863, CW, 7:13; Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 13 November 1863, 2d ed., 2:4.
Meets with Governor Andrew Curtin of Pennsylvania, probably in relation to upcoming visit to Gettysburg to dedicate National Cemetery. Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 13 November 1863, 2d ed., 2:2.
Acknowledges message from E. H. E. Jameson, member Missouri
Legislature: "Yours saying [B. G.] Brown and [John B.] Henderson are
elected Senators, is received. I understand, this is one and one. If
so, it is knocking heads together to some purpose."
Abraham Lincoln to E. H. E. Jameson, 13 November 1863, CW, 7:13.
|Saturday, November 14, 1863.|
Lincoln interviews Governor Andrew Curtin (Pa.) and delegation interested in appointments.
Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 14 November 1863, 2:5.
Senator Henry Wilson meets with President and Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles in behalf of the mechanics and laborers in the Boston navy yard. Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 14 November 1863, 2:5.
Withholds permission from General William S. Rosecrans to publish certain official reports of Battle of Chickamauga.
Abraham Lincoln to William S. Rosecrans, 14 November 1863, CW, 7:14.
President's son, Tad, receives South American pony as gift from Col. Joseph B. Stewart whom he met while visiting New York.
Washington Chronicle, 15 November 1863.
|Sunday, November 15, 1863.|
President's bodyguard, Marshal Lamon, announces
program for dedication of National Cemetery at Gettysburg on November 19, 1863.
Washington Chronicle, 15 November 1863.
accompanied by Noah Brooks, visits Gardner's Gallery and poses for photographs.
Brooks, Washington, 285.
|Monday, November 16, 1863.|
President interviews Gen. Richard Busteed (commission expired March
4, 1863) and nominates him to be judge in northern Alabama.
Forney to Lincoln, 15 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to Edward Bates, 17 November 1863, CW, 7:15.
Receives Commandant Isola and Lt. Martinez, from Italian ships docked
at New York.
N.Y. Times, 18 November 1863.
Confers with Senator Lafayette S. Foster (Conn.) in afternoon. Interviews visitors from Montreal introduced by Mayor Richard Wallach
Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 16 November 1863, 2:4.
Telegraphs Gen. Burnside at Knoxville: "What is the news?"
Abraham Lincoln to Ambrose E. Burnside, 16 November 1863, CW, 7:14.
|Tuesday, November 17, 1863.|
President watches parade of 2,500 from Invalid Corps pass White House.
Journal, Samuel P. Heintzelman Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Presents elastic penholder to Atty. Gen. Bates and receives in return
quill from Rocky Mountain Bald Eagle, pre-war gift to Bates from J.
E. B. Stuart.
Bates to Lincoln, 17 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
At suggestion of Sec. Seward, interviews Judge Duvall of Texas.
Seward to Lincoln, 17 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Attends cabinet meeting.
Abraham Lincoln to Salmon P. Chase, 17 November 1863, CW, 7:15.
Discusses train schedule to Gettysburg with
Washington Star, 17 November 1863; LL, No. 1023.
Recognizes Frederick Hertel as consul of Kingdom of Hanover at Chicago.
Washington Chronicle, 20 November 1863.
Issues order concerning Union Pacific Railroad fixing "so much of the
Western boundary of the State of Iowa as lies between the North and
South boundaries of the United States Township . . . as the point
from which the line of railroad . . . shall be constructed."
Order Concerning Union Pacific Railroad, 17 November 1863, CW, 7:16.
Alters original one-day schedule to Gettysburg arranged by
"I do not like this arrangement. I do not wish to so go that by the
slightest accident we fail entirely, and, at the best, the whole to
be a mere breathless running of the gauntlet."
Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, [17 November 1863], CW, 7:16.
In evening examines drawing of burial plot of National Cemetery at
Gettysburg with William Saunders, designer.
LL, No. 894.
Informs James Speed he has prepared about half of Gettysburg Address.
John G. Nicolay, "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address," The Century Magazine 25:597.
|Wednesday, November 18, 1863.|
Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, and Gettysburg, PA.
President sad and depressed because Tad is too ill to eat breakfast and
Mrs. Lincoln is hysterical. Monaghan,
note that William H. Johnson, his valet, will accompany him to Gettysburg.
President and party leave Washington at 12:10 P.M. on special train of four cars
furnished by B. & O. Railroad. Washington Chronicle, 19 November
1863; Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 19 November 1863, 2d ed., 2:2; Nicolay, Lincoln's Secretary,
Party consists of John Nicolay and John Hay, Secretary of State William H. Seward
and Secretary of the Interior John P. Usher, Postmaster General Montgomery Blair, several members of diplomatic corps, and
foreign visitors, together with military guard from Invalid Corps and Marine
band. General Schenck's staff boards additional car at Baltimore about 2 P.M. Hay,
Letters and Diary; Washington Chronicle, 19
During ride to Gettysburg President relates
number of stories and puts everyone at ease. Little girl presents flowers to
President at one stop and receives kiss in return. Rice, 509-13.
Presidential party reaches Camden Station in Baltimore in 1 hour and
10 minutes. Train is transported to North Central tracks at the Bolton Station and leaves that station at 2:00 P.M. It proceeds on that
line to Hanover Junction, Pa. Changes to Hanover Line for remainder of trip.
Proceeds west to Hanover where "train passing east compelled the Presidential
train to halt. . . . The President stepped upon the platform . . . and
delivered one of the brief, quaint speeches for which he is celebrated. Said
he: 'Well, you had the rebels here last summer . . . did you fight them any?' "
Train is delayed 8 minutes at Hanover. DNA—WR, RG 107, Sec. of War
Telegrams Received, J. W. Garrett to Stanton, W. P. Smith to Stanton, 18
November 1863; Philadelphia Inquirer, 21 November 1863; Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 19 November 1863, 2d ed., 2:2.
train arrives about 5 P.M. in Gettysburg, where Lincoln is guest of Judge
Wills. Washington Chronicle, 21 November 1863.
supper Lincoln receives telegram from Sec.
Stanton : "By inquiry Mrs. Lincoln
informed me that your son is better this evening." LL, No. 1023.
At 10 P.M. 5th New York Artillery band serenades President at Wills
house. After repeated calls Lincoln addresses crowd briefly. Remarks
to Citizens of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 18 November 1863,
from Washington and choir from Baltimore also serenade President.
Washington Chronicle, 21 November 1863.
|Thursday, November 19, 1863.|
PA and Washington, DC.
Nicolay's account, after breakfast at Wills house, Lincoln retires to his room,
where Nicolay joins him, and completes preparation of his speech. John G.
Nicolay, "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address," The Century Magazine
About 10 A.M. President, dressed in black, wearing
white gauntlets and usual crepe around hat in memory of Willie, leaves Wills
house to join procession. Receives round after round of "three hearty cheers,"
and shakes many hands as crowd gathers. Washington Chronicle, 21 November
Thousands welcome President in Gettysburg. Weather fine.
Flags in Washington at half-mast in honor of dead in cemetery at Gettysburg.
Washington Star, 19 November 1863.
Gov. Curtin (Pa.), who
arrived last evening with numerous important people on special train from
Harrisburg, Pa., remarks to Lincoln about serenade given Gov. Seymour (N.Y.),
and Lincoln replies: "He deserves it. No man has shown greater interest and
promptness in his cooperation with us." Rice, 514.
President mounts "a magnificent chestnut charger." Monaghan,
procession to cemetery. Hay, Letters and
Procession delayed; starts to move about 11 A.M.
LL, No. 1425.
Head of procession arrives at speaker's
platform inside cemetery at 11:15 A.M. President receives military salute.
President and members of cabinet, with group of military and civic dignitaries,
occupy platform. "The President was received with marked respect and a perfect
silence due to the solemnity of the occasion, every man among the immense
gathering uncovering at his appearance." Washington Chronicle, 20
Lincoln shakes hands with Gov. Tod (Ohio), who
introduces Gov.-elect John Brough (Ohio), and takes his place between chairs
reserved for Sec. Seward and Edward Everett, orator to make principal address.
At 11:40 A.M. Everett arrives, is introduced to President, and program music
begins. Washington Chronicle, 21 November 1863.
during Everett's two-hour oration Lincoln stirs in his chair. "He took out his
steel-bowed spectacles, put them on his nose, took two pages of manuscript from
his pocket, looked them over and put them back." Monaghan,
P.M. Lincoln "in a fine, free way, with more grace than is his wont" delivers
Gettysburg Address. He holds manuscript but does not appear to read from it.
John G. Nicolay, "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address," The Century
Magazine 25:602; Dennett, Hay Diaries
and Letters, 121;
Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg, 19 November
1863, CW, 7:22-23.
Pronounces his "r" plainly, does not speak like Southerner. Henry B.
Rankin, Intimate Character Sketches of Abraham Lincoln
(Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1924), 285.
On platform, after
speech, President remarks to Marshal Lamon: "Lamon, that speech won't scour! It
is a flat failure and the people are disappointed." Lamon,
R. Young, recording speech in shorthand for Philadelphia "Press," leans across
aisle and asks President if that is all. Lincoln replies, "Yes, for the
present." John R. Young, Men and Memories: Personal
Reminiscences, 2 vols., edited by May D. Russell Young (New York: F. T.
Neely, 1901), 1:69.
President decides to hear address by Lt.
Gov.-elect Charles Anderson (Pa.) at 4:30 P.M. in Presbyterian Church. Meets
"old John Burns, the soldier of 1812, and the only man in Gettysburg who
volunteered to defend it." Burns accompanies him and Sec. Seward to hear
Anderson speak. President's special train leaves Gettysburg about 7 P.M. and
arrives in Washington at 1:10 A.M. on Friday. Washington Chronicle, 21
Lincoln returns from Gettysburg with a mild form
of smallpox (varioloid) and remains under half quarantine in White House for
nearly three weeks. Bates, Diary,
30 November 1863; Welles, Diary,
|Friday, November 20, 1863.|
Sec. Usher informs President that grading of first 40 miles of Union
Pacific Railroad was completed November 18, 1863.
Hallett to Usher, 19 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Lincoln interviews Mrs. Anna S. King regarding husband, sentenced to be shot.
Abraham Lincoln to George G. Meade, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:25; Abraham Lincoln to George G. Meade, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:25.
Exchanges letters with Edward Everett who writes: "I should be glad,
if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of
the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes." Lincoln
writes: "I am pleased to know that, in your judgment, the little I
did say [Gettysburg] was not entirely a failure."
Abraham Lincoln to Edward Everett, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:24-25.
Orders trial of Capt. Charles C. Moore before military commission for
interference at polls in Maryland.
Abraham Lincoln to Robert C. Schenck, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:26-27.
Reads to John Hay letter of Sen. Chandler (Mich.) relative to
attitude of War Democrats toward Thurlow Weed, Sec. Seward, and
Postmaster Gen. Blair.
Hay, Letters and Diary.
Replies to Chandler's letter: "I hope to 'stand firm' enough to not
go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the
Abraham Lincoln to Zachariah Chandler, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:23-24.
: "Please see and hear the Attorney General, and
oblige him in what he will ask in regard to a niece of his who is in
Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:27.
In evening Cong. Colfax (Ind.) visits Lincoln.
Hay, Letters and Diary.
|Saturday, November 21, 1863.|
Lincoln, ill with mild case of smallpox, quips:
"Now I have something I can give everybody." Monaghan,
has a well developed case of varioloid. I was with him an hour and a half the
other day and we went over many things." Gaillard Hunt, Israel,
Elihu, and Cadwallader Washburn: A Chapter in American Biography (New
York: Macmillan, 1925), 230.
Converses in evening for more than
hour with Cong. Colfax (Ind.) about Postmaster Gen. Blair and presidential
candidates. Hay, Letters and
|Sunday, November 22, 1863.|
Lincoln receives N. B. Judd, minister to Prussia, who expresses
desire to return to private life.
Dennett, Hay Diaries and Letters, 134.
In evening Sec. Seward reads to President dispatch from Gen. Cassius
M. Clay (resigned), minister to Russia, on American politics,
European diplomacy, and naval improvements of century.
Hay, Letters and Diary.
Lincoln suggests to
that some attention be given to case
of J. H. Sothoron's family. [See October 23, 1863.] Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 22 November 1863, CW, 7:28.
|Monday, November 23, 1863.|
President, somewhat despondent over progress of Gen. Grant, takes "heart again" from success of Gen. Thomas in Tennessee. Hay, Letters and Diary.
Accepts resignation of Gen. Schenck, to take effect December 20, 1863. Washington Star, 23 November 1863.
Transmits to Sec. Seward contents of two dispatches, to effect that Gen.
Burnside thinks he can hold Knoxville.
Abraham Lincoln to William H. Seward, 23 November 1863, CW, 7:29.
Tad Lincoln still "quite seriously indisposed" with scarlatina, which he has had for a week. Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 23 November 1863, 2:5.
[The Battles of Lookout Mountain (November 24, 1863) and Missionary Ridge (November 25, 1863) assure success of Grant's Chattanooga campaign.]
|Tuesday, November 24, 1863.|
Sec. Seward confers with President relative to warning Spain not to
interfere in Santo Domingo.
Monaghan, Diplomat, 344-45.
President is relieved by evening report from Gen. Foster at
Cincinnati on fighting at Knoxville.
Hay, Letters and Diary; Abraham Lincoln to William H. Seward, 24 November 1863, CW, 7:30.
Philadelphia "News" nominates Lincoln for President in 1864.
Washington Star, 24 November 1863.
|Wednesday, November 25, 1863.|
President signs authorization: "During the temporary absence of the
Secretary of War
his duties will be performed by Assistant Secretary
P H Watson."
Authorization for Peter H. Watson, 25 November 1863, CW, 7:30.
Telegraphs Gen. Grant: "Your despatches as to fighting on Monday
& Tuesday [Orchard Knob and Lookout Mountain] are here. Well
done. Many thanks to all. Remember Burnside."
Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 25 November 1863, CW, 7:30-31.
Lincoln expects war news in evening but retires to bed early feeling unwell.
Dennett, Hay Diaries and Letters, 128.
|Thursday, November 26, 1863.|
President confined to sick room.
Hay, Letters and Diary.
Gen. Meagher presents Pvt. Miles O'Reilly [pen-name of Charles G.
Halpine] to President.
N.Y. Herald, 27 November 1863.
|Friday, November 27, 1863.|
President is prohibited by physician from receiving visitors or
interviewing members of cabinet.
N.Y. Herald, 29 November 1863.
|Saturday, November 28, 1863.|
"The President is reported to be much better this morning."
Washington Star, 28 November 1863.
Receives report on conditions at Libby Prison, Richmond, prepared by
surgeons recently released.
Washington Chronicle, 30 November 1863.
"The President's youngest son, who has been sick for some time past
with scarlatina, was much better yesterday."
Washington Chronicle, 28 November 1863.
|Sunday, November 29, 1863.|
"President Lincoln is much better to-day, and will
be able to resume his office duties to-morrow or next day." N.Y.
Herald, 30 November 1863.
|Monday, November 30, 1863.|
"President has been sick ever since Thursday [November 26]."
Lincoln still confined to bed but resumes work on message to Congress.
Chicago Tribune, 1 December 1863.