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Thursday, April 28, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President relates to John Hay story of Gen. Meigs coming to Soldiers' Home in July 1862, waking him, and urging retreat of Army from Harrison's Landing, Va. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Interviews Pvt. Charles G. Russell, deserter, who voluntarily surrenders to avoid arrest and punishment. Abraham Lincoln to Whom It May Concern, 28 April 1864, CW, 7:321-22.

Lincoln telegraphs his wife Mary, who is at the Metropolitan Hotel in New York City with their son Tad. Earlier in the day, Mary telegraphed Lincoln to advise him that they arrived "in safety." Mary asked Lincoln to "send me by mail to-day a check for $50." She also relayed Tad's inquiry about "the goats." Lincoln replies, "The draft will go to you. Tell Tad the goats and father are very well—especially the goats." Abraham Lincoln to Mary Lincoln, 28 April 1864, CW, 7:320; Katherine Helm, The True Story of Mary, Wife of Lincoln (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1928), 239.

Lincoln sends statement to House of Representatives regarding military status of Gen. Blair. Abraham Lincoln to the House of Representatives, 28 April 1864, CW, 7:319-20.

Transmits to Congress "Address to the President of the United States . . . on the condition and wants of the people of East Tennessee." Abraham Lincoln to the Senate and House of Representatives, 28 April 1864, CW, 7:321.