President Lincoln Reassures General Sickles

July 10, 1863

In the wake of the battle of Gettysburg, President Lincoln writes General Daniel F. Sickles, who lost a leg in the battle: “I understand you are troubled with some report that the 3rd Corps has sustained a disaster, or repulse.  I can only say that I have watched closely, and believe I have seen all the despatches at the Military Telegraph Office up to a half hour ago, one from Ingalls, with the Army, reaching here since this morning, and I have heard of no such disaster or repulse.  I add that I do not believe there has been any such.”

At the Soldiers Home, President Lincoln discusses a new kind of artillery shell developed by John Absterdam, who is one of three men present.  The next day he visits the Ordinance Bureau of the Navy Department to order its production.

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