President Lincoln Writes Son Robert Todd Lincoln: “Come to Washington.”

July 11, 1863

President Lincoln writes Illinois State Auditor Jesse K. Dubois: “It is certain that after three days fighting at Gettysburg, Lee withdrew and made for the Potomac; that he found the river so swol[l]en as to prevent his crossing, that he is still this side near Hagerstown and Williamsport, preparing to defend himself; and that Meade is close upon him preparing to attack him, heavy skirmishing having occurred nearly all day yesterday. I am more than satisfied with what has happened North of the Potomac so far, and am anxious and hopeful for what is to come.”

President Lincoln writes General Robert C. Schenck, Union commander in Maryland: “How many rebel prisoners, captured within Maryland & Pennsylvania, have reached Baltimore within this month of July?”

President Lincoln writes Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton: “Please allow the bearer Mr. D. M. Leatherman, to take with him from the prison at Alton, Ill., his brother, J. A. Leatherman to his home at Memphis, Tenn. upon the honor of both that he will remain at Memphis, until further permission to leave. The latter resides near Murfreesboro, and was arrested and sent away by Gen. [William] Rosecrans police for disloyalty. He has not been in the army. His brother who will take charge of him, is abundantly vouched as a Union man and honorable gentleman, by Gen. [Stephen] Hurlbut and many others.”

Kansas Governor Thomas Carney wait for President Lincoln but never sees him.  On July 19, Carney will write Lincoln: “I called to see you on Saturday morning last, and was informed…that you would see me at 4 o’clk. I…waited until half past 5…but did not have the pleas[ur]e of an interview with you, therefore, hope I shall be pardoned for again calling your attention to the papers submitted…by me, in which the people of…Kansas, naturally feel a deep interest in, because the State of Kansas has never yet been treated as other loyal States.”

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