Quiet Sunday As President Lincoln Contemplates Military and Family Affairs

June 22, 1862

President Lincoln attends New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in the morning.  Illinois Senator Orville H. Browning writes: “At Dr Gurley’s Church in the morning.  After Church, the President asked me to get into his carriage and go with him over to the White House, which I did.   He then took me into the Library and showed me some memoranda of important events, inauguration of Gov Yates, inauguration of the President, dates of battles, deaths of distinguished persons &c made by his little son Willie, and which he had just found.  Also showed me a diagram given him by Cuthbert Bullitt of Vicksburg showing how it might be isolated by cutting across above it where the peninsula in which the Town stands is said to be only a half mile wide — Also called my attention to the maps showing the position of the Town and River.   Mrs Lincoln then took me home in her carriage.”

Presidential aide John G. Nicolay writes that Sunday “passed away again without our usual Sunday news, although I half way expected we would have some.  This morning we get a report by way of the Richmond papers that a battle was fought a week ago today near Charleston S.C., about five thousand being engaged on each side.   There seemed to be no decisive result on the night of the battle, although the rebel dispatches indicate that we had gained the advantage and that the fight was expected to be renewed the next day.”

General George B. McClellan continues to believe that Lincoln Administration officials are conspiring against him.  He writes his wife: “By an arrival from Washn today (allen) I learn that Stanton & Chase have fallen out; that McDowell has deserted his friend C & taken to S!!  That Seward & Blair stand firmly by me — that Honest A has again fallen into the hands of my enemies & is no longer a cordial friend of mine!  Chase is evidently desirous of coming over to my side!  Alas poor country that should have such rulers.  I tremble for my country when I think of these things, but still can trust that God in his infinite wisdom will not punish us as we deserve, but will in his own good time bring order out of chaos & restore peace to his unhappy country.  His will be done — whatever it may be.  I am as anxious as any human being can be to finish this war, yet when I see such insane folly behind me I feel that the final salvation of the country demands the utmost prudence on my part & that I must not run the slightest risk of disaster, for if anything happened to this army our cause would be lost.  I feel too that I must not unnecessarily risk my life — for the fate of my army depends upon me & they all know of it.”

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