President Lincoln Goes to Church

January 4, 1863

President Lincoln attends church services at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, where he rents a pew and enjoys the preaching of Rev. Phineas Gurley.  “Judge Norton and I went this morning to Dr Gurley’s Church,” Illinois Senator Orville H Browning writes in his diary.  “After Church the President brought me home in his carriage. “

A few days ago I suggested to him my fears that the rebels would send the army from Fredericksburg to unite with Bragg.   I mentioned the matter this morning.  He said Halleck did not think they were doing so.

President Lincoln instructs Navy Secretary Gideon Welles regarding citizens of Virginia, which is partly controlled by Union troops: “As many persons, who come well recommended for loyalty and service to the Union cause, and who are refugees from rebel oppression in the State of Virginia, make application to me for authority and permission to remove their families and property to protection within the Union lines, by means of our armed gunboats on the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay, you are hereby requested to hear and consider all such applications, and to grant such assistance to this class of persons as in your judgment their merits may render proper, and as may, in each case, be consistent with the perfect and complete efficiency of the naval service and with military expediency.”

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