President Lincoln Appoints Diplomat Carl Schurz as General

March 23, 1862

Wisconsin Republican leader had fought relentlessly in the spring of 1861 for a diplomatic appointment.  Having served briefly as American minister in Spain, Schurz clearly wanted to get back to the center of political and military efforts.  Having made a speech in New York in support of President Lincoln earlier in the month, he now obtained Lincoln’s appointment as a brigadier general.  He would receive that commission on April 15.

Commissioner of Public Buildings Benjamin Brown French visits the White House.  He writes: “Yesterday the monotony was a little broken by a visit early in the morning to the President’s, when I had quite a long, and quite a satisfactory interview with the President & Mrs. Lincoln, it being the first time I have seen either since poor Willie was buried.  The President looks & appears careworn.  Mrs. L. looks distressed & pale, but as if she would in time get over her sad bereavement.  She feels it very much and wept bitterly yesterday while talking of her loss.”

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