President Arrives Back in Washington; Confirms Determination to End

May 12, 1862

Along with Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton and Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase, President Lincoln returns to Washington aboard the USS Baltimore from Hampton Roads

President Lincoln meets with Wisconsin Republican Carl Schurz, recently the American Minster to Spain who now wants to command a brigade that of three German-American regiments.  A week later Schurz would write Lincoln: “You told me a week ago in the course of our confidential conversation, that you expected to be left without support at the next congressional elections by the Republican party as well as the democratic; by the latter, because you were too radical and by the former, because you were not radical enough It is indeed true, that misunderstandings between yourself and the Republicans may possibly arise. After you had explained your policy to me the other day I left you perfectly happy and contented, fully convinced that, in spite of appearances to the contrary, you were determined to use all your constitutional power to deliver this country of the great curse, and so I would receive all your acts and manifestations with the utmost confidence.”

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