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Sunday, July 10, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

In morning, President visits forts around Washington. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 11 July 1864, 3d ed., Extra, 2:6.

At 9:20 A.M. Lincoln telegraphs reply to Baltimore committee: "I have not a single soldier but whom is being disposed by the Military for the best protection of all. By latest account the enemy is moving on Washington. They can not fly to either place. Let us be vigilant but keep cool. I hope neither Baltimore or Washington will be sacked." Abraham Lincoln to Thomas Swann and Others, 10 July 1864, CW, 7:437-38.

At 2 P.M. Lincoln telegraphs Gen. Grant on present emergency: "Gen. Halleck says we have absolutely no force here fit to go to the field. He thinks . . . we can defend Washington, and scarcely Baltimore. . . . there are about eight thousand not very reliable, under [Gen. Albion P.] Howe at Harper's Ferry, with Hunter approaching that point . . . Wallace with some odds and ends, . . . can attempt no more than to defend Baltimore. . . . Now what I think is that you should provide to retain your hold where you are certainly, and bring the rest with you personally, and make a vigorous effort to destroy the enemie's force in this vicinity." Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 10 July 1864, CW, 7:437.

At 10 P.M. President and family leave Soldiers' Home and return to White House, on recommendation of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton who believes them in danger. Randall, Lincoln, 4:199.