President Lincoln Signs Legislation at the Capitol

 March 3, 1863

President Lincoln spends much of the evening at the Capitol signing legislation as Congress prepares for adjournment.  Also in attendance are Secretary of State William H. Seward, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles and Postmaster General Montgomery Blair.

Welles writes in his diary: “The deportment of the Members in both houses was calm and in favorable contrast with what I have ever seen of the closing hours of any session, and I have witnessed many.  There was nothing boisterous, and but little that was factious.  It was nearly midnight when we left.”

After meeting with President Lincoln, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Gustavus Fox finds the president “depressed.”

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