War Meetings Consume Most of President’s Day

March 21, 1862

President Lincoln travels with Naval officer John Dahlgren to Alexandria, Virginia to meet with General George B. McClellan, commander of the Army of the Potomac.  They had missed each other the previous day as the President sought to keep abreast of McClellan’s move of his army and headquarters to Fortress Monroe.

Back at the White House, President Lincoln continues meetings on military and naval affairs with some of his closest advisors.   They include Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton and Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles – nicknamed “Mars” and “Neptune” by the President.  Also present were Dahlgren, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Gustavus V. Fox, and General Irvin McDowell, who commanded an army corps whom Lincoln would deem necessary to protect Washington from attack.

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