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Tuesday, September 20, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President confers with Acting Sec. of Interior William T. Otto regarding sale of public lands in Kansas. Otto to Lincoln, 20 September 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Cabinet meets. Sec. Stanton announces capture of two steamers on Lake Erie by Confederates from Canada. Welles, Diary.

Lincoln telegraphs Gen. Sheridan: "Have just heard of your great victory. God bless you all, officers and men. Strongly inclined to come up and see you." [Sheridan defeated Gen. Early on Berryville Pike and drove him through Winchester, Va.] Abraham Lincoln to Philip H. Sheridan, 20 September 1864, CW, 8:13.

Directs Stanton to let Francis A. Mallison, who collaborated in producing bogus proclamation in newspapers of May 17, 1864, be discharged. Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 20 September 1864, CW, 8:13-14.