President Lincoln’s Birthday Hard to Celebrate

February 12, 1862

While the Union Army under General Ulysses S. Grant closes in on Confederate-held Fort Donelson, President Lincoln spends much of day with Willie.

Congress, meanwhile, discussed legislation to help fund the war effort.  In the Senate, legislation authorizing the printing of greenbacks was being debated.  Illinois Senator Orville H. Browning, a close Lincoln friend, wrote in his diary: “I cannot believe that Congress has power to make any thing but gold and silver a tender in payment of debts, and if it had I believe it would injure the credit of the Country to do so, and I shall therefore feel constrained to vote against the bill.”

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