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Saturday, May 3, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

Committee of local citizens accompanied by Sen. Joseph A. Wright (Ind.) confers with President on appointment of George W. Garrett as warden of penitentiary. Memorandum: Appointment of George W. Garrett, 3 May 1862, CW, 5:205.

In the afternoon, Lincoln and his wife, Mary, go to the Navy Yard to "witness some interesting trials of a breech-loading cannon" that James C. C. Holenshade, of Cincinnati, Ohio, demonstrates. A newspaper reports, "A large number of ladies and gentlemen, including several members of Congress," join the Lincolns to watch the demonstration. The paper notes, "The first discharge of the piece interrupted one of the President's stories, after which the experiments proceeded in a satisfactory manner." New York Herald, 4 May 1862, 5:2; Robert V. Bruce, Lincoln and the Tools of War (Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1956), 184-185.

[Irwin withdraws $1,000, interest-free loan to himself, from Springfield Marine Bank. Pratt, Personal Finances, 177.]