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Thursday, December 26, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

Cabinet meets and approves reasons for surrender of Mason and Slidell. Frederick W. Seward, Reminiscences of a War-Time Statesman and Diplomat, 1830-1915. By Frederick W. Seward, Assistant Secretary of State during the Administrations of Lincoln, Johnson, and Hayes (New York: Putnam, 1916), 189.

President directs Chief of Ordnance to order 10,000 Spencer repeating rifles. Bruce, Tools of War, 116.