April 4, 1862

The President has a busy evening – meeting first with the Congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War – controlled by Radical Republicans who did not get along well with Lincoln– and later with his Illinois friend, Orville H. Browning, a moderate Republican who kept the president abreast of what was going on in Congress.

There is much to discuss as legislation moved through Congress that week to end slavery in the District of Colombia while Congress also focused on the inadequacies of General George B. McClellan as commander of the Army of the Potomac.   President Lincoln is also concerned with General Henry W. Halleck’s assignment of generals to command in Kansas, whose troublesome Senator James Lane was complaining to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.  Lincoln wrote Halleck: “I am sorry to learn that, after all,  Gen. Denver has gone to Kansas.  Can not Gen. Davies go there.  There is a hard pressure on me in this matter.”

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