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Thursday, March 3, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President confers with Committee on Conduct of War regarding commander of Army of Potomac. U.S. Congress, Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, Report of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, 3 vols., 38th Cong., 2d sess. (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1865), I, xix.

Interviews Mrs. James Moran, who asks that her minor son be released from service. Morgan, Rhinehart & Co. to Lincoln, 3 March 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Receives report that Maine Legislature has adopted resolutions to continue present administration. Blaine to Lincoln, 3 March 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Confers with Sec. Welles on promotion of Col. J. R. Hawley and vote of thanks to Commodore Cadwalader Ringgold (USN). Welles, Diary.

Approves speech of Gen. Steele to people of Arkansas and thanks him for it. Abraham Lincoln to Frederick Steele, 3 March 1864, CW, 7:221-22.

Lincoln writes to General-in-Chief Henry W. Halleck regarding Colonel Thomas L. Alexander. Alexander is the Deputy Governor of the Soldiers' Home, Lincoln's retreat located outside of Washington, D. C. Lincoln writes, "The relations between Col. T. L. Alexander and myself . . . have been very agreeable, and I feel great kindness for him and his family. I therefore shall be personally obliged, if you can, consistently with the public service, assign him some duty at Louisville, Ky., suitable to a retired officer." Abraham Lincoln to Henry W. Halleck, 3 March 1864, CW, 10:228; Elizabeth Smith Brownstein, Lincoln's Other White House: The Untold Story of the Man and His Presidency (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2005), 73;Virginia Jeans Laas, ed., Wartime Washington: The Civil War Letters of Elizabeth Blair Lee (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1991), 145n; Matthew Pinsker, Lincoln's Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers' Home (New York: Oxford Press, 2003), 168.