President Lincoln Worries about the Mississippi; Acts Against Insurrection

July 25, 1862

President Lincoln goes to War Department in the morning to discuss the military situation along the Mississippi River and how to open it to Union transportation.  When he arrives at his office on the second floor of the White House, Lincoln tells the two dozen people waiting for him: “You all want to see me on business; it is a matter of no importance to me whether I spend my time with half a dozen or with the whole of you, but it is of importance to you. Therefore, when you come in, please don’t stay long

Illinois Orville H. Browning writes that he “went to the Presidents and sat in his room til near 12 O’clock, but he was at the War Department and did not return whilst I remained   In the evening Mrs Browning and I rode out to the Soldiers Home to take leave of the President and his family as we intend to start home on Monday   We took Lieut De Krafft of the Navy and Mrs. Watts of Santafe with us.”

“The President told me that Genl Halleck had gone to the army at James River, and was to have supreme command of the entire army — that he was satisfied McClellan would not fight and that he had told Halleck so, and that he could keep him in command or not as he pleased.  That if by magic he could reinforce McClellan with 100,000 men to day he would be in an ecstacy over it, thank him for it, and tell him that he would go to Richmond tomorrow, but that when tomorrow came he would telegraph that he had certain information that the enemy had 400,000 men, and that he could not advance without reinforcements.

In speaking of our foreign relations he said England wanted us to permit her to get $50,000,000 worth of Cotton from the South and that the matter was being considered, but that we could not let the cotton out without letting its value in, and in this way we would never succeed in crippling them much in their resources.

The President issues a “Proclamation of the Act to Suppress Insurrection: “In pursuance of the sixth section of the act of Congress entitled ‘An act to suppress insurrection, and to punish treason and rebellion, to seize and confiscate property of rebels, and for other purposes,’  Approved July 17, 1862; and which act, and the Joint Resolution explanatory, thereof, are herewith published; I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the Untied States, do hereby proclaim to, and warn all persons within the contemplation of said sixth section to cease participating in, aiding, countenancing, or abetting the existing rebellion, or any rebellion, against the government of the United States, and to return to their proper allegiance to the United States, on pain of the forfeitures and seizures, as within, and by said sixth section provided.”

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