President Lincoln Seeks to Oblige Senators

January 19, 1862

Members of Congress were often seeking to get President Lincoln to respond to a patronage request or interfere in military affairs. An unusually diverse of senators visited the White House to prevent the reassignment of an army major to New Mexico. Where President Lincoln oblige consistent with the interest of the military effort, he tried to do so. He wrote Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton: “To-day Gov. Crittenden, Senators Hale, Lane of Ia, and Nesmith [2], call and beg that Major Wallen may not be sent to New-Mexico for duty, but that he may be retained in service on this side. I sincerely desire this to be done, if it can be without too much derangement of the public service.”

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