President Lincoln Follows on Military Affairs

May 9, 1863

The aftermath of the Battle of Chancellorsville continues to preoccupy President Lincoln, who accompanied by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton witnesses a test of “liquid fire” near the White House.  Always alert to inventors and cranks promoting military inventions, President Lincoln writes Peter H. Watson: “Mr. Watson, Assistant Secretary of War, please see the bearer, who is the man of whom I spoke in reference to a diving invention.”

Lincoln writes General John A. Dix: “It is very important for Hooker to know exactly what damage is done to the Railroads, at all points between Fredericksburg and Richmond. As yet we have no word as to whether the crossings of the North and South Ana, or any of them, have been touched. There are four of these crossings, that is, one on each road on each stream. You readily perceive why this information is desired. I suppose Kilpatrick or Davis can tell. Please ascertain fully what was done, & what is the present condition, as near as you can, and advise me at once.”

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