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Sunday, August 31, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President Lincoln is staying at his cottage at the Soldier's Home, outside of Washington, D.C. At approximately 8 a.m., he confers with his secretary John Hay about the ongoing Second Battle of Bull Run. Hay recalled that Lincoln remarked, "'Well John we are whipped again, I am afraid. The enemy reinforced on [General John] Pope and drove back his left wing and he has retired to Centerville [Virginia] where he says he will be able to hold his men. I dont like that expression. I dont like to hear him admit that his men need holding.'" Michael Burlingame and John R. Turner Ettlinger, eds., Inside Lincoln's White House: The Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997), 36-38; John Pope to Henry W. Halleck, 30 August 1862, 9:45 p.m., The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1885; reprint, Gettysburg, PA: National Historical Society, 1972), volume 12, part 2: 78-79.

Sunday morning Cabinet meets to discuss outcome of Second Manassas (Bull Run). Boston Advertiser, 5 September 1862.

Sec. Chase interviews President regarding appointments. Official Records—Armies 456.