President Goes To Congress While Two Sons Remain Ill

February 13, 1862

In the aftermath of a leak of his Annual Message to Congress in December 1861, President Lincoln goes to Capitol Hill to testify before House Judiciary Committee.  At issue was the role of “Chevalier” Wikoff, a close friend of Mary Todd Lincoln, in leaking the message to the New York Herald.  Also at issue was the role of White House gardener John Watts, who was implicated in the theft of the document.  The House had ordered Wikoff to be jailed.  For the first year of the war, there were always questions about the loyalty of federal employees in Washington.

Meanwhile, Willie and Tad Lincoln remained sick on the second floor of the White House.  Union gunboats started bombardment of Fort Donelson while troops clashed outside the fort.

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