President Lincoln Tried by Slavery and Military Issues

April 15, 1863

President Lincoln’s patience in being tried by military campaigns and his irritability services in one note: “I have no sufficient time to hear appeals in cases of this sort.”

President Lincoln receives a telegram from General Joseph Hooker, commander of the Army of the Potomac, reporting on the cavalry operations of General George Stoneman: ““A letter from Maj Genl. Stoneman dated 1 o’clock P.M. yesterday, informs me that his command will be across the river before daylight this morning the 15th. It was his intention to cross at three points, all above the Rappahannock Station. I sent him six days rations, for men and animals, by wagons to be distributed just before his passage of the river. The wagons are now on their return. From the Rappahannock, if he should meet with no unusual delay, he will strike the Aquia and Richmond Rail Road on the night of the second day. Meanwhile I shall do what I can to keep the Enemy up to their works in my front and if they should fall back shall pursue with all the vigor practicable.”

Up to late last night the Enemy appeared to have no suspicion of our designs. This morning I can see nothing, from the storm.

I am rejoiced that Stoneman had two good days to go up the river and was enabled to cross it before it had become too much swollen.

If he can reach his position the storm and mud will not damage our prospects.

President Lincoln replies to General Hooker: “It is now 10-15 P.M. An hour ago I received your letter of this morning, and a few minutes later your despatch of this evening.  The latter gives me considerable uneasiness.  The rain and mud, of course, were to be calculated upon.  Gen. S. is not moving rapidly enough to make the expedition come to any thing.  He has now been out three days, two of which were unusually fine weather, and all three days, two of which were unusually fine weather, and all three without hindrance from the enemy, and yet he is not twentyfive miles from where he started.  To reach his point, he still has sixty to go; another river, the Rapidan, to cross, and will be hindered by the enemy.  By arithmetic, how many days will it take him to do it?  I do not know that any better can be done, but I greatly fear it is another failure already.  Write me often.  I am very anxious.”

President Lincoln meets with Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner :on resolution regarding slavery that might shape English public opinion in favor of U.S. Government.”

Charles Sumner later writes British politician John Bright: “Two days ago the President sent for me to come at once.  When I arrived he said that he had been thinking of a matter on which we had often spoken, the way in which English opinion should be directed, & that he had drawn up a resolution embodying the ideas which he should hope to see adopted by public meetings in England.  I inclose the resolution, in his autograph, as he gave it to me.  He thought it might serve to suggest the point which he regarded as important.”  The draft resolution states:

Whereas, while, heretofore, States, and Nations, have tolerated slavery, recently, for the first in the world, an attempt has been made to construct a new Nation, upon the basis of, and with the primary, and fundamental object to maintain, enlarge, and perpetuate human slavery, therefore,

Resolved, That no such embryo State should ever be recognized by, or admitted into, the family of christian and civilized nation; and that all ch[r]istian and civilized men everywhere should, by all lawful means, resist to the utmost, such recognition or admission.

Attorney General Edward Bates writes in his diary: “Wrote a note to the Prest recommending Allen A. Hall of Tenn: for the vacant Mission to Bolivia.  And if any special reason against him, then recommending John B. Kerr of Md.”

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