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Saturday, July 27, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

President calls Gen. McClellan to White House and places him in command of all troops in vicinity of Washington. McClellan, War for Union, 66.

Summons McClellan to cabinet meeting that does not include Gen. Scott, who learns of arrangement and detains McClellan in conference until meeting is over. Randall, Lincoln, 1:393.

"I explained to the President the cause of my apparent lack of courtesy, at which he seemed more amused than otherwise." McClellan, War for Union, 66.

President approves letter of Sec. Seward to Henry S. Sanford, American minister in Brussels, offering commission in army to Giuseppe Garibaldi, liberator of Italy. Nelson H. Gay, "Lincoln's Offer of a Command to Garibaldi," Century Magazine 75 (November 1907):67.

Sends communication to House of Representatives regarding arrest of Baltimore police commissioners. Answers Senate resolution relative to instructions given American ministers about rebellion in Southern portion of Union. Abraham Lincoln to the House of Representatives, 27 July 1861, CW, 4:461-62.

President and Mrs. Lincoln visit 27th New York Regiment and chat with wounded. N.Y. Tribune, 28 July 1861.

President greets everyone at White House levee. Russell, Diary.

Adds to memorandum written July 23, 1861 on military policy suggested by defeat at Bull Run. Memoranda of Military Policy Suggested by the Bull Run Defeat, 27 July 1861, CW, 4:457-58.