|Friday, July 1, 1864.|
Lincoln forwards nomination of Sen. William P. Fessenden (Maine) as
secretary of treasury to Senate. Confirmed instantly.
Hay, Letters and Diary.
Fessenden calls on Lincoln to suggest name of Comptroller of Currency
McCulloch to replace Sec. Chase. Lincoln informs Fessenden that his
name has already been sent to Senate.
Francis Fessenden, Life and Public Services of William Pitt Fessenden, 2 vols. (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1907), 1:315-18.
|Saturday, July 2, 1864.|
President confers with Cong. Julian (Ind.) on power of Congress
to confiscate landed estates of Confederates. George W.
Julian, Political Recollections 1840-1872 (Chicago: Jansen,
McClurg, 1884), 245.
Former Sen. Fessenden (Maine), newly
nominated secretary of treasury, has long interview with President at White
House. Chicago Tribune, 3 July 1864.
President interviews Gen. Meigs regarding Fort Leavenworth, Kans.
Diary, Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Library of Congress,
President and family begin summer residence at
Soldiers' Home. Washington Chronicle, 3 July 1864.
At 10 P.M. Fessenden calls in person to deliver letter declining
cabinet post; "but the President was in bed asleep." Francis
Fessenden, Life and Public Services of William Pitt Fessenden, 2
vols. (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1907), 1:320.
approves act granting lands to aid in construction of railroad and telegraph
line from Lake Superior to Puget's Sound on Pacific coast. Stat. L., XIII, 365.
Mrs. Lincoln and Robert arrive
home. Washington Chronicle, 3 July 1864.
President Lincoln writes to U.S. Supreme Court justice and friend David
Davis and to federal judge Samuel H. Treat, of Springfield, Illinois, seeking
each man's "summary of the evidence, with your impression, on the Coles County
[Illinois] riot cases." On March 28, in Charleston, members of the 54th
Illinois Infantry clashed with area Democrats and a riot ensued. Nine people
died, including six soldiers and three citizens. Twelve people were wounded.
Abraham Lincoln to David Davis, 2 July 1864,
Abraham Lincoln to Samuel H. Treat,
2 July 1864, CW, 7:422-23; Robert D.
Sampson, "'Pretty Damned Warm Times': The 1864 Charleston Riot and 'The
Inalienable Right of Revolution'," Illinois Historical Journal
89, no. 2 (Summer 1996): 99-116.
Transmits to Senate
information regarding African slave trade. Abraham Lincoln to the Senate, 2
July 1864, CW, 7:422.
|Sunday, July 3, 1864.|
In morning former Sen. Fessenden (Maine) calls again to deliver
letter declining cabinet post, but President persuades him to accept
Francis Fessenden, Life and Public Services of William Pitt Fessenden, 2 vols. (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1907), 1:320.
records agreement reached with newly appointed Sec. of Treasury William P.
Fessenden: "I will keep no person in office in his department, against his
express will, so long as I choose to continue him; . . . In Cabinet my view is
that in questions affecting the whole country there should be full and frequent
of Interview with William P. Fessenden, 4 July 1864,
in President's Room at Capitol in morning, signing bills and conferring with
members of Congress. Hay, Letters and
Diary; Randall, Lincoln,
In conference with Sen. Chandler (Mich.), Lincoln doubts
legal right of Congress to act on "Wade-Davis Bill." Chandler angrily walks
out. President pockets bill. John G. Nicolay and John Hay, Abraham
Lincoln: A History, 10 vols. (New York: Century, 1890),
Congressional committee notifies President of
adjournment unless he has further communications. Senate
Cong. Arnold (Ill.) complains to
President that John L. Scripps, postmaster at Chicago and candidate for
Congress against him, is influencing votes of postal employees. Lincoln writes
Scripps: "My wish therefore is, that you will do just as you think fit with
your own suffrage in the case, and not constrain any of your subordinates to
other than he thinks fit with his. This is precisely the rule I inculcated and
adhered to on my part, when a certain other nomination now
recently made, was being canvassed for." Abraham
Lincoln to John L. Scripps, 4 July 1864, CW, 7:423-24.
|Tuesday, July 5, 1864.|
President suspends writ of habeas corpus and establishes martial law
Proclamation Suspending Writ of Habeas Corpus, 5 July 1864, CW, 7:425-27.
Cabinet meets. Sec. Fessenden attends for first time. President more
formal than usual.
Receives June salary warrant for $2,022.33.
Pratt, Personal Finances, 183.
|Wednesday, July 6, 1864.|
President interviews J. R. Gilmore regarding another effort to negotiate peace.
Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, [6 July 1864], CW, 7:429; James R. Gilmore, Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War (Boston: Page, 1898), 242-47.
Gen. Hitchcock confers with Lincoln about defense of Washington
against approaching forces of Gen. Jubal A. Early (CSA).
Ethan A. Hitchcock, Fifty Years in Camp and Field: Diary of Major-General Ethan Allen Hitchcock, U.S.A., edited by W. A. Croffut (New York: Putnam, 1909), 463-64.
|Thursday, July 7, 1864.|
President, in obedience to concurrent resolution of Congress,
proclaims first Thursday of Aug. next as day of national humiliation
Proclamation of a Day of Prayer, 7 July 1864, CW, 7:431-32; Washington Star, 8 July 1864.
: "Please tell me what is there of the
Maryland matter?" reported as infamous designs to "gobble up" money
intended for Negro volunteers.
Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 7 July 1864, CW, 7:432-33.
Meets with Charles Kappes of the 72nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry regarding his absence from his regiment. Lincoln writes a letter ordering Kappes to return to his regiment "free from arrest; and on condition that he faithfully serve until honorably discharged, or during his full term of enlistment, he is pardoned for any presumed desertion heretofore committed."
Pardon of Charles Kappes, 7 July 1864, box 198, Record Group 94: General Records of the Adjutant General's Office, Entry 409: Correspondence, 1800-1947, Records of Divisions of the Adjutant General's Office, Enlisted Branch, 1848-1889, Letters Received, 1862-1889, National Archives Building, Washington, DC.
|Friday, July 8, 1864.|
President, after failing to sign "Wade-Davis Bill," issues
proclamation concerning reconstruction.
Proclamation Concerning Reconstruction, 8 July 1864, CW, 7:433-34.
In evening discusses Baltimore Convention with F. B. Carpenter and
John Hay. Cong. Kelley (Pa.) comes in later.
Carpenter, Six Months, 162.
Reviews 35 court martial cases.
|Saturday, July 9, 1864.|
President Lincoln writes to New York
Tribune editor Horace Greeley in response to Greeley's letter
indicating that the Confederate President is ready to negotiate a peace
settlement. Lincoln responds, "If you can find, any person anywhere professing
to have any proposition of Jefferson Davis in writing, for peace, embracing the
restoration of the Union and abandonment of slavery, what ever else it
embraces . . . he may come to me with you, and that if he really brings such
proposition, he shall . . . have safe conduct, with the paper . . . to the point where
you shall have met him." Abraham
Lincoln to Horace Greeley, 9 July 1864, CW, 7:435-36.
June salary warrant for $2,022.33 in Riggs Bank. Pratt,
Personal Finances, 183.
Telegraphs J. W. Garrett: "What have you heard about a battle at Monococy
[Monocacy] to-day? We have nothing about it here except what you say." Abraham
Lincoln to John W. Garrett, 9 July 1864, CW, 7:434-35.
telegraphed President on July 8, 1864: "A telegram from Secretary of War says you direct the release of Dr.
[James A.] Barrett [one of several purported leaders of Order of American
Knights]. . . . I respectfully request a revision of the order." Lincoln
replies: "When did the Sec. of War telegraph you to release Dr.
Barrett? If it is an old thing, let it stand till you hear further." Abraham
Lincoln to William S. Rosecrans, 9 July 1864,
court martial cases. CW,
|Sunday, July 10, 1864.|
At 9:20 A.M. Lincoln telegraphs reply to Baltimore committee: "I have
not a single soldier but whom is being disposed by the Military for
the best protection of all. By latest account the enemy is moving on
Washington. They can not fly to either place. Let us be vigilant but
keep cool. I hope neither Baltimore or Washington will be sacked."
Abraham Lincoln to Thomas Swann and Others, 10 July 1864, CW, 7:437-38.
Accompanied by Asst. Adjt. Gen. James A. Hardie and mounted escort,
visits forts around Washington.
Washington Star, 11 July 1864.
At 10 P.M. President and family leave Soldiers' Home and return to
White House, on recommendation of
who believes them in
Randall, Lincoln, 4:199.
At 2 P.M. Lincoln telegraphs Gen. Grant on present emergency: "Gen.
Halleck says we have absolutely no force here fit to go to the field.
He thinks . . . we can defend Washington, and scarcely Baltimore. . .
. there are about eight thousand not very reliable, under [Gen.
Albion P.] Howe at Harper's Ferry, with Hunter approaching that point
. . . Wallace with some odds and ends, . . . can attempt no more than
to defend Baltimore. . . . Now what I think is that you should
provide to retain your hold where you are certainly, and bring the
rest with you personally, and make a vigorous effort to destroy the
enemie's [sic] force in this vicinity."
Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 10 July 1864, CW, 7:437.
|Monday, July 11, 1864.|
At 8 A.M. Lincoln acknowledges Gen. Grant's telegram of last night as
very satisfactory and reports: "Some firing between Rockville and
Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 11 July 1864, CW, 7:438.
About 9 A.M. rides out to front in direction of Tennallytown.
Washington Star, 11 July 1864.
Accompanied by Mrs. Lincoln, visits Fort Stevens, DC.
Carpenter, Six Months, 301.
Present at Fort Stevens during attack. Soldier roughly orders him off parapet.
Hay, Letters and Diary.
Witnesses skirmish with Gen. Early's troops in front of Fort Stevens.
Bates, Telegraph Office, 252.
At wharf to welcome reinforcements sent up Potomac by Gen. Grant.
Harper, Press, 269-70.
Orders militia and volunteers of Washington into service of U.S. for
period of 60 days.
Washington Star, 12 July 1864.
telegraphs Gen. Grant: "Vague rumors have been reaching us for two or three
days that Longstreet's corps is also on its way this vicinity. Look out for
it's absence from your front." Abraham
Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 12 July 1864,
meets. Discussion centers around Gen. Early's raid on Washington. Welles,
Each day of
skirmishing President rides to suburbs and watches "the soldiers repulse the
invaders." Francis F. Browne, The Everyday Life of Abraham
Lincoln (New York: Thompson, 1886), 661-62.
Mrs. Lincoln, and several members of Congress
visit Fort Stevens, DC, at 4 P.M. and watch operations from parapet.
Washington Chronicle, 13 July 1864.
Asst. Sec. Seward and
father, Sec. Seward, drive out to Fort Stevens with President. Frederick
W. Seward, Reminiscences of a War-Time Statesman and Diplomat,
1830-1915. By Frederick W. Seward, Assistant Secretary of State during the
Administrations of Lincoln, Johnson, and Hayes (New York: Putnam,
President tours fortifications again. Under fire
again at Fort Stevens. Man shot at his side. Hay,
Letters and Diary.
Wright tells Lincoln to get out of danger. Lincoln does not move. Young
officer, Oliver Wendell Homes, Jr., shouts: "Get down, you fool." President
moves back. Monaghan, Diplomat,
At night President and Mrs.
Lincoln drive along line of city defenses and are greeted by soldiers.
Washington Star, 13 July 1864.
|Wednesday, July 13, 1864.|
Atty. Gen. Bates calls on President and presents his views on
|Thursday, July 14, 1864.|
President resumes schedule for living at Soldiers' Home.
Hay, Letters and
Prepares memorandum relative to cabinet: "I must
myself be the judge, how long to retain in, and when to remove any of you from,
his position. It would greatly pain me to discover any of you endeavoring to
procure anothers removal, or, in any way to prejudice him before the public.
Such endeavor would be a wrong to me; and much worse, a wrong to the country.
My wish is that on this subject, no remark be made, nor question asked, by any
of you, here or elsewhere, now or hereafter." [Whether or not Lincoln read
memorandum to cabinet on this day, or any day, is in doubt.] Memorandum Read to Cabinet, [14?
July] 186, CW, 7:439.
President Lincoln writes to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton regarding a
letter Stanton forwarded from U.S. Army Chief of Staff Henry W. Halleck.
Halleck suggested that Lincoln remove Postmaster General Montgomery Blair, whom
Halleck claimed made disparaging remarks about members of the military. Lincoln
offers that Blair, whose home the Confederate troops burned, spoke "in a moment
of vexation." Lincoln writes, "Whether the remarks were really made I do not
know . . . If they were made I do not approve them . . . I
propose continuing to be myself the judge as to when a member of the Cabinet
shall be dismissed." Henry W. Halleck to Edwin M. Stanton,
13 July 1864; Edwin M. Stanton to Abraham Lincoln, 14 July 1864, both in Robert
Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress,
Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M.
Stanton, 14 July 1864, CW,
Presents Gen. John B. S. Todd with inscribed copy of
Herman Haupt, Military Bridges, 1864. CW, 8:547.
|Friday, July 15, 1864.|
Gov. Peirpoint (Va.) and party make an appointment for 10:30 A.M.
Peirpoint to Lincoln, 14 July 1864, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Sec. Seward arranges audience for 11 A.M. with F. L. Barreda.
Seward to Lincoln, 13 July 1864, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
President confers with Atty. Gen. Bates, who expresses contempt for
Cabinet meets. Discussion mainly on Gen. Early's raid.
O. H. Browning meets President between White House and War Dept. and
discovers Lincoln displeased that Confederates molesting Washington
"Major John Hay, my Private Secretary, goes to New York upon public
business of importance." Hay delivers President's letter to Horace
Greeley relative to peace negotiations.
Abraham Lincoln to Horace Greeley, 15 July 1864, CW, 7:440; Abraham Lincoln to Horace Greeley, 15 July 1864, CW, 7:441-42; Order for John Hay, 15 July 1864, CW, 7:442.
President acknowledges with thanks receipt of suit made to his
measurements by Rockhill & Wilson and donated to Great Central
Fair in Philadelphia.
Abraham Lincoln to Lazarus J. Leberman, 15 July 1864, CW, 7:442.
|Saturday, July 16, 1864.|
O. H. Browning and Lincoln discuss for hour letter
of Gen. Halleck to Sec. Stanton asking that
Postmaster Gen. Blair be dismissed from cabinet. Browning,
authorizes John Hay in New York to write safe-conduct order for Confederate
representatives in Canada to travel to Washington. Abraham
Lincoln to John Hay, 16 July 1864, CW, 7:443.
Attends Marine band
concert at White House alone. Carpenter, Six Months, 168.
|Sunday, July 17, 1864.|
President asks Gov. Curtin (Pa.) to come to Washington relative to 2d
Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery.
Abraham Lincoln to Andrew G. Curtin, 17 July 1864, CW, 7:444.
Assures Gen. Hunter that Gen. Grant wishes him to remain in command
and no one is scapegoat.
Abraham Lincoln to David Hunter, 17 July 1864, CW, 7:445.
Telegraphs Grant hope that desperate effort to get position "shall
not be desparate [sic] in the sense of great loss of life."
Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 17 July 1864, CW, 7:444-45.
|Monday, July 18, 1864.|
President issues call for 500,000 Volunteers.
Proclamation Calling for 500,000 Volunteers, 18 July 1864, CW, 7:448-49.
J. R. Gilmore reports to Lincoln on interview with President Davis:
South fighting for independence and not slavery; terms of peace must
be based on recognition of independence.
James R. Gilmore, Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War (Boston: Page, 1898), 288-89.
E. J. Moore, sixth Pennsylvania district, discusses appointments with
More to Cameron, 25 July 1864, Simon Cameron Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
President converts loan certificates for $26,181.40 into U.S. stocks.
Washington Chronicle, 17 October 1864.
Telegraphs Gen. Sherman who opposes sending recruiting officers into
Confederate States: "We here, will do what we consistently can to
save you from difficulties arising out of it. May I ask therefore
that you will give your hearty cooperation?"
Abraham Lincoln to William T. Sherman, 18 July 1864, CW, 7:449-50.
President states position of his government regarding peace, in
document to be delivered by Horace Greeley and John Hay to persons in
Canada purporting to represent Confederate States: "Any proposition
which embraces the restoration of peace, the integrity of the whole
Union, and the abandonment of slavery, and which comes by and with an
authority that can control the armies now at war against the United
States will be received and considered by the Executive government of
the United States, and will be met by liberal terms on other
substantial and collateral points; and the bearer, or bearers thereof
shall have safe-conduct both ways."
Abraham Lincoln to Whom It May Concern, 18 July 1864, CW, 7:451.
|Tuesday, July 19, 1864.|
President names three members of board of directors of Union Pacific
Railroad and Telegraph Company.
Appointment of Government Directors for Union Pacific Railroad, 19 July 1864, CW, 7:451-52.
Cabinet meets. Agenda includes riot in Coles County, Ill., of March
28, 1864, between soldiers on leave and "Copperheads," and
controversy between Gov. Peirpoint (Va.) and Gen. Butler.
Welles, Diary; Charles H. Coleman, Abraham Lincoln and Coles County, Illinois (New Brunswick, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1955), 226.
Lincoln writes statement for signatures of three citizens of
Philadelphia: "We believe there are in the Philadelphia Post-Office
between two hundred and fifty and three hundred employees under the
Post-Master, and that no one of them openly supports the renomination
of Judge Kelly [Kelley] for Congress, and that several of them say
and intimate privately that it is because they are restrained by the
Statement of Philadelphia Citizens, 19 July 1864, CW, 7:452.
|Wednesday, July 20, 1864.|
President recognizes Francis A. Hoffmann as consul
for Kingdom of Hanover at Chicago. Washington Star, 29 July 1864.
Replies to Gen. Grant: "Yours of yesterday about a call for 300,000 is
received. I suppose you had not seen the call for 500,000 made the day before,
and which I suppose covers the case. Always glad to have your suggestions."
Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 20 July 1864,
Jacob T. Wright, chairman, Republican State Union Central Committee of Indiana,
who asks that Gen. Butler be given Sec. Stanton
's place: "All a mistake. Mr. Stanton has not
Lincoln to Jacob T. Wright, 20 July 1864, CW, 7:454.
[Harvard College confers upon Robert Todd Lincoln the degree of Bachelor of Arts.] Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 21 July 1864, 2d ed., 2:3.
|Thursday, July 21, 1864.|
Lincoln recommends former landlady: "The bearer of this is a most
estimable widow lady, at whose house I boarded many years ago when a
member of Congress. She now is very needy; & any employment
suitable to a lady could not be bestowed on a more worthy person."
[Mrs. Ann G. Sprigg received appointment in Treasury Dept.]
Abraham Lincoln to William P. Fessenden, 21 July 1864, CW, 7:454.
|Friday, July 22, 1864.|
President reads to cabinet correspondence between himself and Horace
Greeley concerning Niagara Falls peace negotiations.
Welles, Diary; Bates, Diary.
President and cabinet view F. B. Carpenter's unfinished painting of
Lincoln reading Emancipation Proclamation to cabinet.
Carpenter, Six Months, 350.
|Saturday, July 23, 1864.|
John W. North, associate justice of district court, Nevada Territory,
asks President for a hearing before taking action on charges against
North to Lincoln, 23 July 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Lincoln telegraphs Gen. Hunter at Harper's Ferry, W. Va.: "Are you
able to take care of the enemy when he turns back upon you, as he
probably will on finding that Wright has left?"
Abraham Lincoln to David Hunter, 23 July 1864, CW, 7:456.
|Sunday, July 24, 1864.|
President writes Sec. Usher: "I know nothing personally of Mr.
Rohrer, but shall be very glad if the Sec. of Interior can oblige the
gentlemen who write the within letter."
Abraham Lincoln to John P. Usher, 24 July 1864, CW, 7:456.
|Monday, July 25, 1864.|
President confers with Gen. Meigs relative to destroying fords across
Potomac from Washington to Harper's Ferry, W. Va., by means of dams.
Diary, Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
T. Shaffer interviews President regarding difficulty of getting
cotton out of Military Division of West Mississippi.
Abraham Lincoln to Edward R. S. Canby, 25 July 1864, CW, 7:457.
President writes Abram Wakeman, post-master at New York, that men
from South recently at Niagara Falls, N.Y., were empowered to assist
in selecting candidate and platform for Chicago convention. Next
presidential contest will "be no other than a contest between a Union
and a Disunion candidate."
Abraham Lincoln to Abram Wakeman, 25 July 1864, CW, 7:461.
Thanks Loyal Ladies of Trenton for cane made from arch erected in
1789 on spot where Cornwallis was repulsed. [Presented on June 16,
1864 at Sanitary Fair in Philadelphia.]
Abraham Lincoln to the Loyal Ladies of Trenton, New Jersey, 25 July 1864, CW, 7:458.
Writes William O. Snider, probably of Philadelphia: "The cane you did
me the honor to present throough [sic] Gov. Curtin was duly placed in
my hand by him. Please accept my thanks; and at the same time, pardon
me for not having sooner found time to tender them."
Abraham Lincoln to William O. Snider, 25 July 1864, CW, 7:460.
Secs. Welles and Usher, Atty. Gen. Bates, and Lincoln present. Welles,
discusses Gen. Butler's position with President. Butler,
In evening Sec. and Mrs. Welles visit for hour with Lincoln at Soldiers'
Home. Welles, Diary.
President writes Gen. Sherman who complains about promotion of Gens. Alvin
P. Hovey and Peter J. Osterhaus: "My recollection is that both Gen. Grant and
yourself recommended both H & O. . . . I beg you to believe we do not act
in a spirit disregarding merit. We expect to await your programme, for further
changes and promotions in your army. My profoundest thanks to you and your
whole Army for the present campaign so far." Abraham
Lincoln to William T. Sherman, 26 July 1864,
|Wednesday, July 27, 1864.|
President appoints Richard W. Thompson, of Indiana, commissioner to
examine Union Pacific Railroads.
Appointment of Richard W. Thompson as Commissioner to Examine Union Pacific Railroads, 27 July 1864, CW, 7:464-65.
Telegraphs Gen. Hunter at Harper's Ferry, W. Va.: "Please send any
recent news you have—particularly as to movements of the enemy."
Abraham Lincoln to David Hunter, 27 July 1864, CW, 7:465-66.
Promises Gov. Johnson (Tenn.) to look after matter of Gen. Alvan C.
Gillem. As for Gen. Schurz, "I appreciate him certainly as highly as
you do; but you can never know until you have the trial, how
difficult it is to find a place for an officer of so
high rank, when there is no place seeking him."
Abraham Lincoln to Andrew Johnson, 27 July 1864, CW, 7:466.
to examine petition of female workers in
Philadelphia Arsenal and provide relief consistent with law and
Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 27 July 1864, CW, 7:466-67.
|Thursday, July 28, 1864.|
President asks J. W. Forney and Morton McMichael, editor of
Philadelphia "North American," to come to Washington tomorrow or
Abraham Lincoln to John W. Forney, 28 July 1864, CW, 7:469.
Telegraphs Gen. Grant to meet him at Fortress Monroe, Va., 8 P.M.
Saturday, the 30th.
Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 28 July 1864, CW, 7:469-70.
|Friday, July 29, 1864.|
President changes purpose and decides to meet Gen. Grant at
Fortress Monroe, at 10 A.M. Sunday, the 31st. Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S.
Grant, 29 July 1864, CW,
President Lincoln writes to Anne Williamson, of
Edinburgh, Scotland, and thanks her for sending him a woolen wrap. The
eighty-one-year-old Williamson wrote, "As one deeply interested in your present
struggle, I trust the Lord will bless all your endeavors for the peace of your
country and the freedom of the slave." Lincoln writes, "I thank you for that
pretty and useful present, but still more for those good wishes to myself and
our country which prompted you to present it." Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Anne
Williamson, 29 July 1864, CW,
7:471; New York Daily Tribune, 3 August 1864, 4:5.
|Saturday, July 30, 1864.|
Washington, DC and En route to Fortress Monroe, VA.
At 12 M. Sec. Seward escorts Chevalier Bertinatti to White House for
presentation of credentials as envoy extraordinary and minister
plenipotentiary of Italy. President replies to presentation.
Reply to Joseph Bertinatti, 30 July 1864, CW, 7:473-74.
Lincoln appoints Maj. John A. Bingham, judge advocate of volunteers
and former congressman (Ohio), to Court of Claims; appointment
Abraham Lincoln to John A. Bingham, 30 July 1864, CW, 7:472.
Leaves Washington in time to reach Fortress Monroe Sunday morning for
meeting with Gen. Grant.
Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 29 July 1864, CW, 7:470.
Marine band gives regular Saturday evening concert on White House
grounds. President probably did not attend.
Washington Chronicle, 31 July 1864.
President approves treasury regulations governing commercial
intercourse and directs military personnel to assist agents of
Treasury Dept. in executing them.
Approval of Treasury Regulations, 30 July 1864, CW, 7:471-72.
Fortress Monroe, VA and En route
to Washington, DC.
President at Fortress Monroe
to confer with Gen. Grant. Welles, Diary.
August 1, 1864. Waits at
wharf for Grant to come from Gen. Butler's house. Mrs. Butler does not see
President or Mrs. Lincoln and ladies.
Lincoln receives Grant aboard U.S.S. "Baltimore" at 10
A.M. for conference. Begins return trip to Washington at 3 P.M.
Washington Chronicle, 2 August 1864.
Grant and members of
staff accompany President to Norfolk. Washington Star, 1 August