President Lincoln Arrives at Fortress Monroe After Rough

May 6, 1862

The revenue cutter Miami makes its way slowly to Fortress Monroe.  Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase writes in his diary:  ” By 3 of Tuesday morning we were again on our way.  We passed Acquia about day, and found ourselves about noon tossing on the Chesapeake.  It would have amused you to see us take our luncheon.  The President gave it up almost as soon as he began, and declaring himself too uncomfortable to eat, stretched himself at length on the locker.  The rest of us persisted; but the plates slipped this way and that–the glasses tumbled over and slid and rolled about–and the whole table seemed as topsy-turvy as if some Spiritualist were operating upon it.  But we got thro, and then the Secretary of War followed the example of the President and General [Egbert] Viele and I went on deck and chatted.”

Arriving at the fort around 10 PM, President Lincoln meets with General John Wool and Flag Officer Louis M. Goldsborough.

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