President Has Photographs Take with Aides

November 8, 1863

President Lincoln visits the photography studios of Alexander Gardner with aides John G. Nicolay and John Hay. One photo taken this day featured presidential aide John Hay standing by a seated president and a seated John G. Nicolay.   Presidential aide John Hay writes that he went “to Gardner’s gallery & were soon joined by Nico and the Prest.  We have a great many pictures taken.  Some of the Presdt the best I have seen.  Nico & I immortalized ourselves by having ourselves done in group with the Presdt.”

Hay also writes in his diary: “In the evening Seward came in.  He feels much easier about his won.  He is very easy and confident now about affairs.  He says N.Y. is safe for the Presidential election by a much larger majority: that the crowd that follows power have come over: that the Copperhead spirit is crushed and humbled.  He says the Democrats lost their leaders when [Robert] Toombs & [Jefferson] Davis & [John] Breckenridge forsook them and went South: that their new leaders, the [Horatio] Seymours [Clement] Vallandighams & [Fernando] Woods are now whipped and routed.  So that they have nothing left.  The Democratic leaders are either ruined by the war or have taken the right shoot & have saved themselves from the ruin of their party by coming out on the right side.”

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