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Thursday, January 16, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln arranges for public demonstration of Levi Short's and Lyman B. Smith's Greek Fire bombshells in Treasury Park at 8 P.M. Delay in arrival of explosive material by railroad limits extent of demonstration. National Republican (Washington, DC), 16 January 1862, 3:1; Evening Star (Washington, DC), 16 January 1862, 2d ed., 2:1, 17 January 1862, 2d ed., 3:3; Bruce, Tools of War, 181.

Lincoln gives first written assignment to new secretary of war, Edwin M. Stanton: "If a clerkship can be given Mr. [Richard D.] Goodwin I shall be very glad I am very earnest about this." Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 16 January 1862, CW, 5:101.