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Wednesday, May 22, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

President writes Gov. Morgan (N.Y.): "I wish to see you face to face to clear these difficulties about forwarding troops from New York." Abraham Lincoln to Edwin D. Morgan, 22 May 1861, CW, 4:382.

Around noon, President Lincoln participates in a flag-raising ceremony at Washington, D. C.'s General Post Office building. He remarks, "I . . . shall take pleasure in performing the part assigned me upon this occasion, and I hope in a satisfactory manner." A newspaper reports, "The ropes . . . were then placed in the hands of the President, when, amid the most deafening applause from the crowd below, the flag was raised to its prominent position. . . . [The flag] remained for a moment or two motionless, when suddenly, a gentle wind rising from the north, its ample folds were extended . . . in a most graceful and beautiful manner, eliciting one universal outburst of applause from the assembled multitude." Sun (Baltimore, MD), 22 May 1861, 4:1; Remarks at Raising of the Flag over the General Post Office Building, 22 May 1861, CW, 4:382-83; New York Herald, 23 May 1861, 1:2-3; Evening Star (Washington, DC), 22 May 1861, 3:1.