Formal Order appointing Ulysses S. Grant as Commander-in-Chief is Signed

March 10, 1864

President Lincoln issues order: “Under the authority of an act of Congress to revive the grade of lieutenant-general in the Untied States Army, approved February 29, 1864, Lieutenant-General Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. Army, is assigned to the command of the armies of the United States.”  President Lincoln writes Grant: “Mrs. L. invites yourself and Gen. Meade to dine with us Saturday evening. Please notify him, and answer whether you can be with us at that time.”

New York Times editor Henry J. Raymond, who was also chairman of the national Republican Committee, writes President Lincoln regarding a key political patronage post in New York City: “If the Collectorship of this Port is to be vacated I beg leave to say that in my judgment Hon. A. Wakeman is the very best man for the succession. His ability, personal character, political experience, & general familiarity with the duties and responsibilities of such a position qualify him to fill it with complete success. His appointment, moreover, I think would contribute largely towards healing sundry domestic differences in the ranks of the Union party, and that too without any sacrifice of principle or any injustice to individuals. If the present incumbent is to leave the office, I very heartily recommend Mr. Wakeman to fill his place.”

New Jersey legislator James M. Scovel, a War Democrat and supporter of Lincoln, visits President Lincoln to discuss political matters.

The Lincoln see Edwin Booth act in Richard II at Grover’s Theatre.

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