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Saturday, September 19, 1863.+-

Washington, DC.

President sends word to Gen. Banks that Gen. A. J. Hamilton will act as military governor in Texas. Abraham Lincoln to Nathaniel P. Banks, 19 September 1863, CW, 6:465-66.

Authorizes Gov. Johnson (Tenn.) to exercise such powers as may be necessary to enable people of Tennessee to have republican form of state government. Abraham Lincoln to Andrew Johnson, 19 September 1863, CW, 6:469.

In view of Gen. Meade's dispatch to Gen. Halleck, Lincoln writes Halleck that he would not order, or even advise, Gen. Meade to advance. He points out, however, that Gen. R. E. Lee has only 60,000 men to keep Meade out of Richmond, while Meade has 90,000 to keep Lee out of Washington. Lincoln is opposed to any "attempt to fight the enemy slowly back into his intrenchments at Richmond, and there to capture him. . . . I have constantly desired the Army of the Potomac, to make Lee's army, and not Richmond, it's objective point." Abraham Lincoln to Henry W. Halleck, 19 September 1863, CW, 6:466-68.