President Lincoln Receives Reports from War and Political Fronts

June 1, 1864

When on June 1, 1864, President Lincoln at the War Department Telegraph Office learned of the General John C. Fremont’s nomination by 400 anti-Lincoln activists meeting in Ohio, he immediately picked up a Bible and read from I Samuel:22: ‘And everyone that was in distress, and everyone that was in debt, and everyone that was discontented gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them; and there were with him about four hundred men.”

Navy Secretary Gideon Welles writes in his diary: “Called on the President relative to the appointment of midshipmen. After looking over the list with some care, he finally designated two sons of officers [and] one apprentice, and desired me to complete the nominations.

When I called on the President, Major-General [Robert] Schenck was with him, and, as I went in, was giving the President a list of names of persons to be selected to fill the board about to be appointed on the question of retired officers, his brother, Commodore Schenck, being one. It was a cool proposition, but characteristic of General Schenck, and I think of the Schencks generally.

We have to-day the results of a meeting of strange odds and ends of parties, and factions, and disappointed and aspiring individuals at Cleveland. Frémont is nominated as their candidate for President and John Cochrane for Vice-President. The gathering had the nomination of _ Frémont in view, though other objects were professed.

Bloody Battle of Cold Harbor begins in Virginia.

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