Congressmen Press Views on President Lincoln Before Leaving Capital

July 19, 1862

Republican Senators met with President Lincoln to push for aggressive war policy.  Illinois Senator Orville H. Browning meets with the President along with Illinois

congressmen Isaac N. Arnold and William Kellogg along with former (and future) Congressman Jesse  Norton.

Late in the day, General John A. Dix arrives at the White House to discuss exchange of prisoners.

About this time (possibly later on July 22), President Lincoln drafts a rough memorandum regarding policy regarding black soldiers:

To recruiting free negroes, no objection.

To recruiting slaves of disloyal owners, no objection.

To recruiting slaves of loyal owners, with their consent, no objection.

To recruiting slaves of loyal owners without consent, objection, unless the necessity is urgent.

To conducting offensively, while recruiting, and to carrying away slaves not suitable for recruits, objection.

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