President Lincoln Notified of Alleged Rebellious Plot

June 2, 1864

General William S. Rosecrans writes President Lincoln: “After hearing from Genl [James] Garfield I shall write you, but detailed information of high national importance, of a plot to overthrow the Government, which you should know, can not be entrusted to the mails–

To convey the facts to you, and avoid such an outrage on my messenger as was perpetrated on Major Bond — I respectfully request an order from you to forward the documents by a Staff Officer

Former Illinois Senator Orville H. Browning writes in his diary:“Went to the President and got Chas H Jonas, a rebel prisoner at Johnson’s Island, paroled for three weeks to visit his father, who is dying.”   President Lincoln orders: “Allow Charles H. Jonas, now a prisoner of war at Johnson’s Island, a parole of three weeks to visit his dying father, Abra[ha]m Jonas, at Quincy, Ill.” Jonas was a longtime Lincoln friend.

Navy Secretary Gideon Welles writes: “There is intense anxiety in relations to the Army of the Potomac. Great confidence is felt in Grant, but the immense slaughter of our brave men chills and sickens us all. The hospitals are crowded with the thousands of mutilated and dying heroes who have pour out their blood for the Union cause. Lee has returned to the vicinity of Richmond, overpowered by numbers, beaten but hardly defeated.”

Mrs. Lincoln goes to the opera with Postmaster General Montgomery Blair.

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