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Monday, March 10, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

At morning cabinet meeting President discusses outcome of battle between USS Monitor and Confederate ship Merrimac. Welles, Diary.

Carl Schurz, minister to Spain, reports to President on New York meeting of Emancipation Society. Lincoln describes recent naval engagement to Schurz. Carl Schurz, The Reminiscences of Carl Schurz, 3 vols. (New York: McClure, 1907-8), 2:327-30.

Consults with Border State congressmen on plan of compensated emancipation. Nicolay, Lincoln's Secretary, 135.

Writes secretary of navy: "The 'Monitor' could be boarded and captured very easily . . . she should not go skylarking up to Norfolk." Abraham Lincoln to Gideon Welles, 10 March 1862, CW, 5:154.

President and everyone at White House excited over naval fight at Fortress Monroe, Va., yesterday. Nicolay to Bates, 10 March 1862, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

In evening calls on Lt. Worden, commander of Monitor nearly blinded by shell in yesterday's engagement, to express admiration, and "bursts into tears while greeting the sailor." New York Tribune, 11 March 1862.

Writes Gen. Buell: "The evidence is very strong that the enemy in front of us here is breaking up and moving off. General McClellan is after him. Some part of the force may be destined to meet you. Look out and be prepared. I telegraphed Halleck, asking him to assist you, if needed." Abraham Lincoln to Don C. Buell, 10 March 1862, CW, 5:153.

Check to Tad Lincoln: "Pay to 'Tad' (when he is well enough to present) or bearer Five _____ Dollars $5/00." Check to "Tad" Lincoln, 10 March 1862, CW, 5:154.