Kilpatrick Raid on Richmond Stirs Worries

March 2, 1864

General Judson Kilpatrick and Ulric Dahlgren, the son of Admiral John Dahlgren, are leading an attempt to free Union prisoners at Richmond.  Navy Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles writes in his diary: “There are exciting rumors respecting army movements in front. From what I learn, Kilpatrick, with a large cavalry force, is to make a raid upon Richmond with a view of capturing the place. He is sanguine that he will be successful. I have my doubts, for there have been so many attempts upon the place that some precautionary measures must have been taken for defending it. However, I am glad the movement is to be made if there is a reasonable hope of success.”

President Lincoln sits for portrait by artist Francis B. Carpenter who is preparing a painting of the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation.  From memory, Lincoln recites the soliloquy of King in “Hamlet.”  That night, he attends performance of Hamlet at Grover’s Theatre.

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