Future of General Don Carlos Buell is Discussed with War Department

April 5, 1864

President Lincoln writes to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton: “I leave to the Sec. of War whether this shall be brought to the notice of Gen. Grant.” Tennessee Governor Andrew Johnson telegraphed: “The papers state that Genl Buell is to be sent to Knoxville to take Command. I trust in god that Gen Buell will not be sent to Tennessee. We have been cursed with him here once and do not desire its repetition. We had a fine meeting at Shelbyville. Went off well General Ro[u]sseau made a fine speech taking high ground on the negro question which will I think do great good in Kentucky and Tennessee If Genl Ro[u]sseau had leave of absence for a short time which would enable him to visit Kentucky and make some speeches in that state such as he made at Shelbyville it would do much good in putting down copperheads and traitors. In this suggestion was made to Genl Thomas I have no doubt he would grant him leave of absence for the present. His services would be invaluable in Kentucky.’

General Buell had been before a Military Commission to investigate his Kentucky and Tennessee campaign of November 24, 1862 to May 10, 1863, and was awaiting orders at Indianapolis. On June 1, 1864, he resigned.

President Lincoln writes to Mrs. Horace Mann: “The petitions of persons under eighteen, praying that I would free all slave children, and the heading of which petition it appears you wrote, was handed me a few days since by Senator [Charles] Sumner. Please tell these little people I am very glad their young hearts are so full of just and generous sympathy, and that, while I have not the power to grant all they ask, I trust they will remember that God has, and that, as it seems, He wills to do it.”

Tennessee Governor Andrew Johnson writes President Lincoln: “The meeting at Shelbyville on the 2nd April, went off well. Indications on the part of the people were much better than I anticipated in regard to the emancipation of Slavery– As Soon as practicable there must be a convention, which I believe will settle the Slavery question definitely and finely– I hope that Congress will soon propose an Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, to the different States upon this subject — the Sooner it is done, the better– Our Marshall will make some arrests this week for treason– If we have one or two convictions in this state, it will exert a powerful influence upon rebels and hasten restoration more than anything which can be done.”

Connecticut Governor William A. Buckingham reports on Connecticut election results: “I beg leave to assure you that the election in this state yesterday may be regarded as a new pledge of the people to sustain your Administration in efforts to preserve national integrity.1 In the opinion of many our election in 1860 was the pivot on which events turned which led to the election of your Excellency to the Presidency and now if it shall lead to like results none will feel worse than the copperhead sympathisers with traitors in Conn and none [ will?] feel rejoice more or give you a more cordial support than our loyal & patriotic citizens who have rolled up such a majority in favor of overwhelming the armies of the rebellion. That God may preserve and bless you is the sincere desire of your devoted friend & obt servt.”

President Lincoln receives a colorfully spelled letter from his cousin Dennis Hanks, who was married to Lincoln’s stepsister: “Dere Abe I Receivd your Little Check for 50.00 I shoed it to mother She cried Like a child Abe She is Mity Childish heep of truble to us Betsy is very feble and has to wait on hir which ort to have Sum person to wait on hir we are getting old We have a great Many to wait on of our Conncetions they will cum to See us while we Live Abe Charles has Reinlested a gain for three years or Dureing the war this is hard to his Mother Abe we had a horible time on Munday of Court it Brok up got in to a fuss By a Drunkin Soldier I Never Saw Such a time thare was 8 or 10 Killed in the fight3 one you no Doct yorke of paris Edgar County young E winkler was wounded Abe I Received a Letter from Sophia Lynch5 now John Lagrand is hir Last husband She wants to no whether you are that Abe Lincoln hir cusin or Not is this not Strange to you it was to me hir Boys all in the army younion Boys at VixBurg Abe you never have Seen as Strong a youning Boy as Charles Hanks I am Mity afraid that Theophilus6 will gaw into army with Charles he is 15 years old a very Staut Boy he can Shoot as well as I Can Abe Remember My Boys if you Can I Dont ask any thing

President Lincoln cancels his usual evening reception and instead goes to hear opera “Martha” at Grover’s Theatre.

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