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Monday, September 21, 1863.+-

Washington, DC.

At 2 A.M. Lincoln telegraphs Gen. Burnside at Knoxville: "Go to Rosecrans with your force, without a moments delay." Abraham Lincoln to Ambrose E. Burnside, 21 September 1863, CW, 6:469-70.

Telegraphs Burnside again at 11 A.M.: "If you are to do any good to Rosecrans, it will not do to waste time with Jonesboro." Abraham Lincoln to Salmon P. Chase, 17 September 1863, CW, 6:470.

Takes news of Battle of Chickamauga to Sec. Welles. Welles, Diary.

Writes Gen. Halleck: "I think it very important for Gen. Rosecrans to hold his position, at or about Chattanooga, because, if held from that place to Cleveland, both inclusive, it keeps all Tennessee clear of the enemy, and also breaks one of his most important Railroad lines. . . . If he can only maintain this position, without more, the rebellion can only eke out a short and feeble existence, as an animal sometimes may with a thorn in its vitals." Abraham Lincoln to Henry W. Halleck, 21 September 1863, CW, 6:470-71.

Sends message to Rosecrans: "Be of good cheer. We have unabated confidence in you, and in your soldiers and officers. In the main you must be the judge as to what is to be done. If I were to suggest, I would say, save your army, by taking strong positions, until Burnside joins you, when I hope you can turn the tide." Abraham Lincoln to William S. Rosecrans, 21 September 1863, CW, 6:472-73.

Recognizes Gouldree Boilieau as consul general of France at New York and Charles Ferdinand de Cazotte as consul of France at San Francisco. Washington Chronicle, 24 September 1863.

Lincoln telegraphs his wife, Mary, who is visiting New York City. He reports, "The air is so clear and cool, and apparantly healthy, that I would be glad for you to come. Nothing very particular, but I would be glad see you and Tad." Abraham Lincoln to Mary Lincoln, 21 September 1863, CW, 6:471-72.