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Thursday, April 18, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln hears eyewitness account of what Mr. Wiley of New York saw in Charleston Friday night, April 12, 1861. National Intelligencer, 18 April 1861.

Interviews New York "Tribune" correspondent, Bayard Taylor. N.Y. Tribune, 23 April 1861.

Quarters Jim Lane's "Frontier Guards" (600 Kansas men) in East Room of White House under Maj. Hunter. Dennett, Hay Diaries and Letters, 1.

F. P. Blair, Sr., allegedly at request of Lincoln, unofficially offers Col. Robert E. Lee command of Federal Army. Lee to Johnson, 25 February 1868, Robert E. Lee Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

President confers with Sec. Welles and Gen. Scott on military protection of Norfolk Navy Yard, Va. Cabinet in evening meeting discusses fall of Harper's Ferry, Va., and possible attack on Navy Yard. Gideon Welles, "Fort Sumter, Facts in Relation to the Expedition Ordered by the Administration of President Lincoln for the Relief of the Garrison in Fort Sumter," Galaxy 10 (November 1870):117.

Lincoln retires early, but is awakened by John Hay, assistant secretary to President, bearing warning of possible plot against his life; merely grins. Margaret Leech, Reveille in Washington 1860-1865 (New York: Harper, 1941), 59.