President Lincoln Holds Meetings on Charleston

February 16, 1863

The impending capture of Charleston continues to preoccupy President Lincoln who consults with Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles about sending Assistant Secretary of the Navy Gustavus V. Fox to Charleston to consult with Admiral Samuel F. Du Pont.

President Lincoln writes Secretary of the War Edwin M. Stanton and Secretary of Navy Gideon Welles: “Gentlemen Please appoint an officer from each of your Departments, for the purpose of testing the incendiary shell, & incendiary fluid, of A. Berney, and reporting to me whether it would be proper to introduce the shell, or the fluid, in some other form, one or both, into the Military or Naval service of the United States.”

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