President Gets Report on Western Military Situation

March 19, 1863

Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton writes President Lincoln: “This afternoon Mr Dana who was sent West on some business of this Department reached Cairo.  I instructed him by a telegram to ascertain with precision and report what was known at Cairo respecting the operations at Vicksburg and on the Mississip[p]i. The accompanying telegram has just been received from him.”  Dana had telegraphed: “Nothing can be ascertained here, but I shall no doubt be able to gather some facts at the District Head Quarters at Columbus whence will report tomorrow.  The Naval Commander here is positive that every thing is working perfectly down the River.”

Cassius M. Clay, in New York on his way to his diplomatic post in Russia, writes President Lincoln: “There are several more applicants for the secretaryship. I trust you will allow

1– me to choose my secretary, as I was allowed no patronage in Ky. but the appointment of my nephew Green Clay. I can send you the name when I select one — and if you don’t like him — I’ll send another till you are pleased.

2. I ask leave of absence from St Petersburg for six weeks to begin at my choice this summer or spring. I desire to see Italy — and the court &c– are all absent in the summer months.

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