White House Rules Out Concerts

June 7, 1862

With Mrs. Mary Lincoln still in mourning for the death of Willie Lincoln in February, the White House announces that the usual Saturday concerts on the White House grounds have been canceled. In May, presidential aide John G. Nicolay had written Mrs. Lincoln: “The Secretary of the Navy has called to ask whether you have any objection to the Marine Band beginning to play upon the lawn.”  Mrs. Lincoln said no, so Nicolay wrote her that “the Secretary of the Navy…requests me to ascertain whether you have any objection to the Band playing in Lafayette Square” on the north side of the White House.”  Again, the answer was no.

President Lincoln maintained his interest in innovative armaments that might shorten the war.  Illinois Senator Orville H. Browning writes: “At 6 ½ P.M. went with Jones & Eastman to see the President about Jones Gun carriage.”  President Lincoln reports to General George B. McClellan: “Your despatch about Chattanooga and Dalton was duly received and sent to Gen. Halleck. I have just received the following answer from him. We have Fort-Pillow, Randolph, and Memphis.:

The president also writes a letter of recommendation for the White House doorman. “The bearer of this, Edward Burke, has been here at the White-House, several months, during my residence here, and has appeared to me to be a quiet, orderly, and faithful man.”

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