Louisiana Elects Reconstruction Governor

February 25, 1864

Michael Hahn, a moderate Unionist, is elected governor of Louisiana in a reconstruction vote arranged by General Nathaniel Banks on February 22.   Words of his election over a more conservative candidate and a more radical candidate is sent to the White House by attorney Cuthbert Bullitt: “I had the honor of giving you the news of our State elections, later accounts, renders the victory more brilliant. The Lincoln ticket beating all opposition, Slaying the Chase men right & left”

President Lincoln instructs Secretary of the Treasury to have J.F. Bailey at the White House at 7 PM to discuss  New York customs problems.  President Lincoln writes Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton: “I am told there are on hundred colored men at Alexandria, Va. who wish to go to Massachusetts; with their own consent and the consent of Gov. Pierpoint, let them go.”

President Lincoln writes General Frederick Steele regarding reconstruction in Arkansas: “General Sickles is not going to Arkansas.  He probably will make a tour down the Mississippi, and home by the Gulf and ocean, but he will not meddle in your affairs.  At one time I did intend to have him call on you and explain more fully than I could do, by letter or Telegraph, so as to avoid a difficulty coming of my having made a plan here while the convention made one there, for re-organizing Arkansas, but even his doing that, has been given up for more than two weeks.  Please show this to Gov. Murphy to save me Telegraphing him.

General Sickles here, and if an order has been made to that effect that it may be revoked.  His coming here would only be an annoyance and will do no good.  Everything is working well.  General Steele is doing everything that can be done.’

President and Mrs. Lincoln attend Grover’s Theatre performance by actor Edwin Booth, playing Brutus in ‘Julius Caesar.”

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