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Sunday, June 1, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President and Asst. Sec. Fox at War Dept. all morning awaiting news of outcome of Battle of Seven Pines (Fair Oaks). Fox, Diary, Gist-Blair Family Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Lincoln sends three telegrams to Gen. McClellan: [9:30 A.M.] "You are probably engaged with the enemy. . . . Stand well on your guard—hold all your ground, . . . This morning we merge Gen. Wool's department into yours, giving you command of the whole, and sending Gen. Dix to Fortress-Monroe, and Gen. Wool to Fort-McHenry. We also send Gen. Sigel to report to you for duty. . . . [1:1 P.M.] I suggest—(do not order) that he [Gen. Sigel] have command of such of the forces about Fort-Monroe, Norfolk, Newports-News, &c. as you may see fit to put into active service. . . . [5. P.M.] . . . If the enemy shall not have renewed the attack this afternoon, I think the hardest of your work is done. Shields' advance came in collision with part of the enemy yesterday evening six miles from Front-Royal . . . driving them back, . . . We have concluded to send Gen. Sigel to Harper's Ferry." Abraham Lincoln to George B. McClellan, 1 June 1862, CW, 5:255; Abraham Lincoln to George B. McClellan, 1 June 1862, CW, 5:255; Abraham Lincoln to George B. McClellan, 1 June 1862, CW, 5:255-56.

In afternoon Joseph C. G. Kennedy, superintendent of census, calls at White House and walks through grounds with President. Kennedy to McClellan, 12 June 1862, George B. McClellan Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

At 6 P.M. President and Mrs. Lincoln stroll in White House grounds with Sen. Browning (Ill.). Later Browning accompanies Lincoln to War Dept. for news of fighting near Richmond. Browning, Diary.

In evening group of generals and senators meet with President in War Dept. to review late war news. Extracts from Dahlgren Diary, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Mrs. Lincoln sends Mrs. G. V. Fox bouquet of roses. Fox, Diary, Gist-Blair Family Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Monday, June 2, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President communicates with Senate regarding Gen. Hooker's report on Battle of Williamsburg. [Action May 5, 1862 at Williamsburg, Va.] N.Y. Tribune, 3 June 1862.

Converses with Sen. Browning (Ill.) at White House. Browning, Diary.

Asks Gen. Ripley: "Please consider whether this Musket-shell, would be a valuable missile in battle?" Abraham Lincoln to James W. Ripley, 2 June 1862, CW, 5:257.

Tuesday, June 3, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President promises Kentucky congressional delegation at White House that Herman Franks, indicted for treason, will be pardoned upon receipt of its written request. Abraham Lincoln to Edward Bates, 4 June 1862, CW, 5:258.

Cautions Gen. McClellan: "With these continuous rains, I am very anxious about the Chickahominy so close in your rear, and crossing your line of communication. Please look well to it." Abraham Lincoln to Geroge B. McClellan, 3 June 1862, CW, 5:257-58.

Telegraphs Gen. McDowell: "(6.15 P.M.) Anxious to know whether Shields can head or flank Jackson. Please tell about where Shields and Jackson respectively are, at the time this reaches you." Abraham Lincoln to Irvin McDowell, 3 June 1862, CW, 5:258.

Wednesday, June 4, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President transmits to House of Representatives report on closing of Negro schools in North Carolina by Mil. Gov. Edward Stanly (N.C.). Abraham Lincoln to the House of Representatives, 4 June 1862, CW, 5:259-60.

As requested by Kentucky delegation, pardons H. Franks indicted for treason. Abraham Lincoln to Edward Bates, 4 June 1862, CW, 5:258.

Forwards to Senate documentation on American claims against Paraguay for damages to vessel "Water Witch." Abraham Lincoln to the Senate, 4 June 1862, CW, 5:260.

Telegraphs Gen. Halleck at Corinth, Miss., after receiving report that 10,000 prisoners have been captured: "Your despatch of to-day to Sec. of War received. Thanks for the good news it brings. Have you anything from Memphis or other parts of the Mississippi river? Please answer." Abraham Lincoln to Henry W. Halleck, 4 June 1862, CW, 5:259.

Asks Mil. Gov. Johnson at Nashville: "Do you really wish to have control of the question of releasing rebel prisoners so far as they may be Tennesseeans? If you do, please tell us so distinctly. Your answer not to be made public." Abraham Lincoln to Andrew Johnson, 4 June 1862, CW, 5:260.

Thursday, June 5, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President approves bill providing commissioners to Liberia and Haiti, first Negro governments to be recognized by Congress. Monaghan, Diplomat, 227.

Spanish minister presents Generals Juan Prim y Prats and Milans to President and Secretary of State William H. Seward. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 6 June 1862, 2d ed., 2:2.

Lincoln receives acclaim of Maine Republican State Convention. National Intelligencer, 10 June 1862.

Sen. Browning (Ill.) has tea in Lincoln's room. Browning, Diary.

President receives May salary warrant for $2,083.34. Pratt, Personal Finances, 182.

Writes Sec. Stanton privately: "The proposed reappointment of William Kellogg, Jr. to a Cadetship . . . [is] . . . painful to me. . . . the father . . . is my personal friend of more than twenty year's standing. . . . This matter touches him very deeply—the feelings of a father for a child—as he thinks, all the future of his child. I can not be the instrument to crush his heart. . . . Let the appointment be made." Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 5 June 1862, CW, 5:261.

Friday, June 6, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

In the White House, President Lincoln meets with Maryland Governor Augustus W. Bradford and Colonel John R. Kenly, whose Union forces were defeated at Front Royal, Virginia, on May 23. The Confederates captured and imprisoned Kenly and many other members of Maryland's First Regiment. The Confederates paroled Kenly so that he could negotiate "an exchange for himself and those of his command." A newspaper reports, "President Lincoln received the gallant officer very kindly, and inquired with much interest into the details of the battle." Evening Star (Washington, DC), 6 June 1862, 3:6; Sun (Baltimore, MD), 6 June 1862, 1:6; 7 June 1862, 1:2.

Interviews Vincent Colyer, educator from North Carolina, regarding action of Gov. Stanly in closing Colyer's school for loyal Negroes, in order to foster good relations with people of North Carolina. N.Y. Tribune, 7 June 1862.

Directs Sec. Stanton to transfer Gen. McCall's division from Gen. McDowell to Gen. McClellan immediately. Committee on Conduct of War, Report (1863), 1:334.

Saturday, June 7, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

Approves act for collection of direct taxes in insurrectionary districts within U.S., and for other purposes. Stat. L., XII, 422.

White House announces there will be no music in "President's grounds" this season. National Intelligencer, 7 June 1862.

President writes recommendation: "The bearer of this, Edward Burke [Benke?], has been here at the White-House, several months, during my residence here, and has appeared to me to be a quiet, orderly, and faithful man." Recommendation for Edward Burke, 7 June 1862, CW, 5:263.

Telegraphs Gen. McClellan: "Your despatch about Chattanooga and Dalton was duly received and sent to Gen. Halleck. I have just received the following answer from him. We have Fort-Pillow, Randolph, and Memphis." Abraham Lincoln to Geroge B. McClellan, 7 June 1862, CW, 5:263.

Sunday, June 8, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President examines cases of soldiers imprisoned by courts-martial in District of Columbia penitentiary. N.Y. Tribune, 9 June 1862.

Monday, June 9, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President receives Captain Com. Schonheyden and Lieutenant Steen Bille of Danish Navy. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 9 June 1862, 2d ed., 2:1.

Telegraphs Gen. Banks at Winchester, Va.: "We are arranging a general plan for the valley of the Shenandoah; . . . move your main force to the Shenandoah at or opposite Front-Royal as soon as possible." Abraham Lincoln to Nathaniel P. Banks, 9 June 1862, CW, 5:264.

Orders Gen. Fremont at Harrisonburg, Va.: "Halt at Harrisonburg, pursuing Jackson no farther; . . . stand on the defensive, . . . and await further orders." Abraham Lincoln to John C. Fremont, 9 June 1862, CW, 5:264.

Tuesday, June 10, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President transmits to Congress treaty with England for suppression of African slave trade. [See April 7, 1862.] Abraham Lincoln to the Senate and House of Representatives, 10 June 1862, CW, 5:265.

Mrs. Lincoln sends strawberries and flowers to Mrs. G. V. Fox. Fox, Diary, Gist-Blair Family Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Wednesday, June 11, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President confers with Gen. Burnside who leaves shortly for Fortress Monroe, Va. Burnside to McClellan, 13 June 1862, George B. McClellan Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

In evening at White House, Lincoln, Sen. Browning (Ill.), Marshal Lamon, and Gen. Wadsworth discuss operation of Fugitive Slave Law in District of Columbia. Browning, Diary.

Thursday, June 12, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

At 9 A.M. former Sen. Johnson (Md.) and Sen. Browning (Ill.) confer with Lincoln about appointment of collector of customs at New Orleans. Browning, Diary.

Kentucky delegation in Congress waits upon President and protests against prisoner exchange of Gen. Simon B. Buckner (CSA) for Gen. Benjamin M. Prentiss. N.Y. Tribune, 13 June 1862.

President sends to House of Representatives information relative to Circuit Court of U.S. for state of California, and judge of said court. Abraham Lincoln to the House of Representatives, 12 June 1862, CW, 5:268.

Writes Gen. Fremont: "Accounts which we do not credit, represent that Jackson is largely reinforced, and is turning upon you. . . . keep us well and frequently advised; and if you find yourself really pressed . . . fall back cautiously towards, or to, Winchester, . . . and we will in, due time, have Gen. Banks in position to sustain you." Abraham Lincoln to John C. Fremont, 12 June 1862, CW, 5:267-68.

Mrs. Lincoln spends part of day visiting military hospitals. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 12 June 1862, 2d ed., 2:1.

Friday, June 13, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

Lord Lyons has audience with President on eve of departure for Europe and several weeks' vacation. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 13 June 1862, 2d ed., 2:1.

Lincoln's family moves to Soldiers' Home for summer. Browning, Diary.

President recognizes appointment of Jorge Federico Darby as consul general of Uruguay at New York. National Intelligencer, 16 June 1862.

Forwards to Congress memorial on behalf of state of New York in favor of enlarging locks of Erie and Oswego canals. Abraham Lincoln to the Senate and House of Representatives, 13 June 1862, CW, 5:270.

Telegraphs General Fremont: "We can not afford to keep your force, and Banks', and McDowell's, engaged in keeping Jackson South of Strasburg and Front-Royal. . . . The orders already sent you and Banks place you and him in the proper positions for the work assigned you. . . . Please do as I directed in the order of the 8th. and my despatch of yesterday, the 12th. and neither you nor Banks will be overwhelmed by Jackson." Abraham Lincoln to John C. Fremont, 13 June 1862, CW, 5:269-70.

Saturday, June 14, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln directs Atty. Gen. Bates to remit fine of $20 imposed on Hermann Kirchner, Washington restaurateur, for sending brandy to wounded soldier in neighboring house, if in his opinion President has legal power to order remittance. Abraham Lincoln to Edward Bates, 14 June 1862, CW, 5:270.

Sunday, June 15, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President writes Gen. Fremont that Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson's "game" is to keep "our troops" away from Richmond, and "our game" is not to allow this. Abraham Lincoln to John C. Fremont, 15 June 1862, CW, 5:270-72.

Monday, June 16, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President orders Gen. R. E. Lee's house at Arlington Heights converted into hospital. N.Y. Tribune, 17 June 1862.

Borrows "Stowe's Key to Uncle Tom" from Library of Congress. [Harriet Beecher Stowe, A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin; Presenting the Original Facts and Documents upon which the Story is Founded. Together with Corroborative Statements Verifying the Work, Boston and Cleveland, 1853.] Borrower's Ledger 1861-63, 114, Archives of the Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

In letter to Gen. Fremont, Lincoln reviews their understandings relative to number of troops for Mountain Dept. He concludes: "I am not demanding of you to do the work of thirtyfive thousand. I am only asking of you to stand cautiously on the defensive, get your force in order, and give such protection as you can to the valley of the Shenandoah, and to Western Virginia." Abraham Lincoln to John C. Fremont, 16 June 1862, CW, 5:273-74.

Acknowledges letter of Gen. Schurz from Mount Jackson, Va., and thinks Schurz in error about superior force of Gen. Jackson and his victory over Gen. Shields. Abraham Lincoln to Carl Schurz, 16 June 1862, CW, 5:274-75.

Tuesday, June 17, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President communicates with House of Representatives regarding reorganization of Medical Dept. of Army. Abraham Lincoln to the House of Representatives, 17 June 1862, CW, 5:275.

President Lincoln issues a proclamation announcing a "Special Treaty between the United States of America and his Majesty the King of Hanover." The agreement eliminates the "tolls" that the Hanover government imposes on American cargo ships. Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC), 19 June 1862, 2:4.

Wednesday, June 18, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President recognizes appointment of Baron von der Osten-Sacken as consul general of Russia at New York. National Intelligencer, 20 June 1862.

President and Vice President Hamlin ride horseback to Soldiers' Home for evening meal. After dinner they retire to library and behind locked doors Lincoln reads draft of Emancipation Proclamation. Charles E. Hamlin, Life and Times of Hannibal Hamlin (Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1899), 429.

Telegraphs Gen. McClellan regarding transfer of 10,000 Confederate troops from Richmond to Shenandoah Valley: "If this be true, it is as good as a reinforcement to you of an equal force. I could better dispose of things if I could know about what day you can attack Richmond, and would be glad to be informed, if you think you can inform me with safety." Abraham Lincoln to George B. McClellan, 18 June 1862, CW, 5:276.

Thursday, June 19, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President, accompanied by Sec. Stanton and Gen. Wadsworth, reviews Scott Cavalry Regiment. Boston Advertiser, 20 June 1862.

Secretary of Senate ordered to "wait upon Presdt. of U.S. and inform him that, in the absence of the V.P., the Senate has chosen the Honorable Solomon Foot Presdt. of the Senate pro tempore." Memorandum, 19 June 1862, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

President approves act securing freedom to all persons within U.S. territories. Stat. L., XII, 432.

Writes Gen. McClellan: "If large re-inforcements are going from Richmond to Jackson, it proves one of two things, either that they are very strong at Richmond, or do not mean to defend the place desperately." Abraham Lincoln to George B. McClellan, 19 June 1862, CW, 5:277.

Friday, June 20, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

Sec. Chase at White House during morning. Hall to Chase, 20 June 1862, Salmon P. Chase Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

President announces signing of treaty with Mexico for extradition of criminals. National Intelligencer, 24 June 1862.

Delegation of Progressive Friends waits upon President with memorial against slavery. Lincoln responds saying that he had 'sometime thought that perhaps he might be an instrument of God's hands of accomplishing a great work.' Senators David Wilmot (Pa.) and Wilson (Mass.) accompany group. Remarks to a Delegation of Progressive Friends, 20 June 1862, CW, 5:278-79; Rice, 281-83; Evening Star (Washington, DC), 21 June 1862, 2d ed., 3:2.

Lincoln writes Gen. McClellan that reports on Gen. Jackson being reinforced from Richmond may be contrivance for deception. "If we knew it were not true, we could send you some more force, but as the case stands, we do not think we safely can." Abraham Lincoln to George B. McClellan, 20 June 1862, CW, 5:277-78.

Saturday, June 21, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President nominates 255 generals, of whom 19 are major generals. N.Y. Tribune, 23 June 1862.

President Lincoln writes to Major General George B. McClellan, who commands the Army of the Potomac, regarding McClellan's offer to provide Lincoln with an assessment of the "present state of Military affairs throughout the whole country." Lincoln expresses interest unless doing so "would . . . divert too much of your time, and attention from the Army under your immediate command." Lincoln adds, "I would be very glad to talk with you, but you can not leave your camp, and I can not well leave here." George B. McClellan to Abraham Lincoln, 20 June 1862, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to George B. McClellan, 21 June 1862, CW, 5:279-80.

Interviews D. O. Macomber of firm of Ferriss & Macomber, who urges trial and use of Ferriss gun. Macomber to Lincoln, 11 January 1865, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Sunday, June 22, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President announces signing of postal convention with Mexico. National Intelligencer, 25 June 1862.

Monday, June 23, 1862.+-

Washington, DC and En route.

President lays before Senate two treaties providing for loan to Republic of Mexico. Abraham Lincoln to the Senate, 23 June 1862, CW, 5:281-82.

Returns to Senate, with objections, act regarding circulation of bank notes. Abraham Lincoln to the Senate, 23 June 1862, CW, 5:282-83.

Accompanied by Gen. Pope leaves Washington at 4 P.M. on special train arriving New York at 1:30 A.M. National Intelligencer, 26 June 1862; Boston Advertiser, 25 June 1862.

Tuesday, June 24, 1862.+-

New York, NY and West Point, NY.

President changes trains in New York after 1:30 A.M. and proceeds to West Point for conference with Gen. Scott. Crosses Hudson River by ferry from Garrison, N.Y., and registers at Cozzen's Hotel in West Point about 3 A.M. Boston Advertiser, 25 June 1862; National Intelligencer, 26 June 1862.

From breakfast at 7:30 A.M. until noon consults with Gen. Scott on further dispositions of military forces. National Intelligencer, 26 June 1862; LL, No. 1168.

Makes inspection tour of Military Academy from noon until 3 P.M. dinner party at hotel. LL, No. 1168.

After dinner visits Parrott's Cold Spring Foundry three miles away and sees rifled cannon in production. Bruce, Tools of War, 187-88.

From 9 to 11 P.M. receives guests in hotel parlor. Military Academy band serenades him at midnight. LL, No. 1168.

President transmits order through State Dept. to Gen. Butler in New Orleans to discontinue requiring loyalty oaths of foreigners, including British consul. DNA—WR RG 107, Off. Sec. War, Letters Received, Box 2, Seward to Stanton, 24 June 1862.

Wednesday, June 25, 1862.+-

West Point, NY and Washington, DC.

President and party consisting of Gen. Scott, Col. Daniel C. McCallum, director of military railroads, and reporters leave West Point at 10:10 A.M.. National Intelligencer, 27 June 1862; N.Y. Tribune, 26 June 1862; Boston Advertiser, 26 June 1862.

Arriving Jersey City approximately 11:30 A.M., Lincoln responds to request of crowd at depot: "I can only say that my visit to West Point did not have the importance which has been attached to it." Philadelphia News, 26 June 1862; Remarks at Jersey City, New Jersey, 24 June 1862, CW, 5:284.

Reaches Washington at 6:50 P.M., setting record run from New York. Boston Advertiser, 26 June 1862; Evening Star (Washington, DC), 26 June 1862, 2d ed., 2:1.

Sen. Browning (Ill.) and friends visit Lincoln at Soldiers' Home in evening. Browning, Diary.

Thursday, June 26, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President issues order combining forces under Gens. Fremont, Banks, and McDowell into new Army of Virginia under command of Gen. Pope. Order Constituting the Army of Virginia, 26 June 1862, CW, 5:287.

Transmits treaty with Kansas Indians to Senate. Abraham Lincoln to the Senate, 26 June 1862, CW, 5:287-88.

Pardons William Griffin, believing that he has been sufficiently punished for desertion. Abraham Lincoln to Edward Bates, 26 June 1862, CW, 5:285.

Friday, June 27, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President orders that Gen. Fremont be relieved of command and resignation accepted. Philadelphia News, 28 June 1862.

[Irwin withdraws from Springfield Marine Bank $9 for payment of interest on scholarship, Illinois State University. Pratt, Personal Finances, 177.]

Saturday, June 28, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln prepares letter addressed to Sec. Seward to be used by him at conference of Union governors in New York prompting them to issue new calls for troops: "I expect to maintain this contest until successful, or till I die, or am conquered, or my term expires, or Congress or the country forsakes me." Abraham Lincoln to William H. Seward, 28 June 1862, CW, 5:291-92.

President Lincoln writes to West Point cadet Quintin Campbell, who is related to Lincoln's wife Mary. Lincoln learned from Quintin's mother Ann Campbell that her son is "feeling very badly." Lincoln encourages Quintin to "stick to the resolution you have taken to procure a military education. I am older than you, have felt badly myself, and know, what I tell you is true. . . . [I]f you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life. Take the advice of a friend, who, though he never saw you, deeply sympathizes with you, and stick to your purpose. Sincerely your friend." Abraham Lincoln to Quintin Campbell, 28 June 1862, CW, 5:288.

Telegraphs Gen. McClellan: "Save your Army at all events. Will send re-inforcements as fast as we can. . . . I feel any misfortune to you and your Army quite as keenly as you feel it yourself. . . . It is the nature of the case, and neither you or the government that is to blame. Please tell at once the present condition and aspect of things." Abraham Lincoln to George B. McClellan, 28 June 1862, CW, 5:289-91.

Sunday, June 29, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President breakfasts with Asst. Sec. of War Watson at Stanton residence. Watson to Stanton, 29 June 1862, Edwin M. Stanton Papers, Library of Congress, Washington DC.

Interviews Charles C. Fulton editor Baltimore "American," fresh from battlefields in vicinity of Richmond. Abraham Lincoln to William H. Seward, 29 June 1862, CW, 5:292-93.

Monday, June 30, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

Senate confirms President's nomination of I. Newton to be commissioner of agriculture. Boston Advertiser, 1 July 1862.

Sen. Browning (Ill.) at White House in morning converses with Lincoln about fighting before Richmond. In evening Browning, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. William M. Dorman of Florida, visits President at Soldiers' Home. Browning, Diary.

Lincoln approves, but does not issue, call for 150,000 men drafted by Sec. Seward at New York conference of governors. Call for Troops, 30 June 1862, CW, 5:293-94.

Telegraphs Gen. Halleck that 25,000 men would be welcome but expedition against Chattanooga must not be weakened. "To take and hold the Rail-road at, or East of, Cleveland in East Tennessee, I think fully as important as the taking and holding of Richmond." Abraham Lincoln to Henry W. Halleck, 30 June 1862, CW, 5:295.

[Irwin deposits in Springfield Marine Bank $955.80, balance of principal and interest paid by N. W. Edwards on notes. Pratt, Personal Finances, 165.]