Mrs. Lincoln Injured in Accident

July 3, 1863

While riding in a carriage from White House to the Lincoln’s summer resident, the Soldiers’ Home, Mrs. Lincoln is thrown from the carriage.  President Lincoln writes his son in Cambridge, Massachusetts: “Dont be uneasy.  Your mother very slightly hurt by her fall.”  Actually, Mrs. Lincoln had sustained a serious wound to his head.”  According to the New York Times, “Her horses took fright and ran away as she was riding from the Soldier’s Home to the city. Seeing her imminent danger she leaped from the carriage, and was stunned and severely bruised, but no bones were broken. Surgeons from Mount Pleasant Hospital were promptly in attendance. She soon recovered sufficiently to be taken to the White House.”

Navy Secretary Gideon Welles writes in his diary: “I met the President and Seward at the War Department this morning.  A dispatch from General Meade, dated 3 P.M. yesterday is in very good tone.  The Sixth Army Corps, he says, was just arriving entire but exhausted, having been on the march from 9 P.M. of the preceding evening.  In order that they may rest and recruit, he will not attack, but is momentarily expecting an onset from the Rebels.”

Freeman Cleavis wrote in Meade at Gettysburg: “The national capital, which had been under a long nervous strain, reacted wildly, during the night of July 3 and all the next day with church bells, firecrackers, and rockets.  Although the victory was not actually announced until midafternoon on July 4, whispers had generated excitement.  A joint celebration for Independence Day and Gettysburg was held on the grounds south of the White House.”

President Lincoln writes General Ambrose E. Burnside: “Private Downey, of the Twentieth or Twenty-sixth Kentucky Infantry, is said to have been sentenced to be shot for desertion today. If so, respite the execution until I can see the record.”

The Battle of Gettysburg effectively concludes with the repulse of Pickett’s charge.  “All this has been my fault,” says Confederate commander Robert E. Lee after the charge.

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