Events mentioned in the telegrams

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The following list of events mentioned in the Lincoln Telegrams was compiled by students in ECI 727, Digital History and Pedagogy, summer 2016 including Aspen Coons, Adam Daley, Michele McCauley, Savannah Richards, Thomas Schultheiss, and Robby White.


March, 1864

March 10th: Invites Newly Appointed Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant to Dinner

March 12th (1) and (2): Encourages Gen. Murphy then William Fishback to Get Out the Vote in Arkansas Vote in Favor of a Constitution to Rejoin the Union

March 12th (3): Refusal of Travel Visa for Two Southern Women

March 14th: Prisoner Exchange of Edward Brooks

March 15th: Asks Grant to Find Assignment for Frank Blair

March 16th: Inquiry About Arkansas Elections

March 17th (1):Suspension of Execution of John F. Abshire

March 17th (2): Inquiry About Remains of Colonel Dahlgren

March 18th (1): Adoption of New Arkansas Constitution

March 18th (2): Pardon of Willard M. Randolph

March 19th: Attempted Prisoner Exchange for Captain T. Ten Eyck

March 22nd (1): Attempted Prisoner Exchange of Lieutenant Colonel A.F. Rodgers

March 22nd (2): Lincoln Signs the Colorado Enabling Act

March 24th: Prisoner Exchange Request for J.F. Robinson and C.L. Edmonds

March 29th (1): Request of Discharge for W.M. Bell

March 29th (2): Request that Grant Consider Captain Kinney for his Staff, Lincoln

March 30th: Reviews Case of E.A. Smith ==


April, 1864

April 5th: Pardoning of 12th Ohio Division by Lincoln

April 6th: Acknowledgement that Lincoln received Butler’s last communication and must report to Secretary of War

April 7th: Lincoln informing Butler on his visit next week and must relay all business matters with the War Dept

April 7th: Lincoln cannot disclose his issue in writing to the House Wae Division of Ohio

April 11th: Lincoln stating he cannot visit Butler anymore due to wife being ill

April 11th: Writing to Seward reporting no change since their last visit

April 12th: Lincoln suspending execution of William H. Gibney, 7th NY Heavy Artillery

April 12th: Lincoln wants to exchange for Jacob Hagenbrail from Libby (message to Butler)

April 12th: Appeal to execution of Charles Crumpton and says to go through with it: look for reasons to pardon

April 13th: Confirming telegram from Butler on the Charles Crumpton case

April 18th: Lincoln looking for a man by the name of Cornelius Gavin in Col. Paul Franks Division of Army in the Potomac

April 20th: Suspend execution of Charles Carpenter and send regards about his trial to Lincoln

April 21st: Sent saying to ignore last telegram regarding Charles Carpenter

April 21st: Leaving the Charles Carpenter case entirely to General Dix after review of the case

April 22nd: Lincoln asking Gen Bayman the day General Corpse left General Banks’s camp

April 22nd: sent to A.G. Hodges in reference to a letter that president Lincoln sent to him

April 23rd: Lincoln was with a Mrs. Ward, sister of the late John Weimer. She was banished from her home in St. Louis and would like General Rosecrans to obliger her in her case to get her place back

April 23rd: Lincoln wants to make an exchange of Cpt. Frank McLean for Cpt. T. Ten-Eyck at Johnson’s Island (request from Sen. Ten Eyck) sent to Butler from Lincoln

April 25th: Response to John Williams, manager of National Bank in Springfield, on his request of Lincoln becoming a stockholder in his bank. Needs more time to consider

April 26th: Suspends execution of young Perry of Wisconsin for sleeping at his post.

April 27th: Responding to Gov. Murphy of Little Rock on his satisfaction of the vote turnout in AK. The government is in good working conditions

April 28th: To wife stating that the bank draft is hers. Says that the goats and father are well

April 29th: Inquiry on the prisoners, O. Kellog and J.W, Pryor in Illinois. Wants to know the details of their case

April 30th: Wants the record of the trial of desertion regarding Thaddeus A. Kinsloe in Arkansas

April 30th: Nicolay is writing to J.R. Fry of Pennsylvania saying the Lincoln cannot visit today and will respond sometime on a different visit day.


May, 1864

May 4th: Lincoln begs Sherman to try to help the people of Nashville and north

May 5th: John Hay asking on behalf of Lincoln if there is an execution day set for Robert Louden, a POW.

May 9th: Lincoln reminds all troops to pray and thank God for watching over them and to continue their work.

May 10th: Lincoln inquires about the state of Dr. Hawks, who is believed to be a southern sympathizer.

May 11th: Lincoln inquires about complaints in Carroll, Platte, and Buchanan counties in Missouri

May 13th: Lincoln confirms the fact that they will be adding another volunteer militia in baltimore that will be equipped with new weapons and uniforms.

May 14th: Lincoln inquired to see if a POW was executed, and if he wasn’t, to suspend execution at Ft. Monroe, VA

May 17th: Lincoln inquires about another man, Cummings, who is supposed to be sentenced to death for desertion, and asks to suspend it.

May 18th: Lincoln agrees to terminate the Commission of volunteers, and thanks everyone for all their hard work and fight; Lincoln demands that the military take control of the New York World Newspaper, after they printed forged documents from himself and the Secretary of State; Lincoln denies the forged call for more soldiers in the newspaper a forgery to Gov Richard Yates of Illinois; Lincoln asks Grant’s opinion on sending an elderly doctor across battle lines to deliver personal letters to Grant and thens stay on.

May 19th: Lincoln writes to Andrew Johnson stating he received his telegram and will reply soon.

May 20th: Lincoln denies an invitation to a fair, held by Felix Schmedding; Lincoln sends his regret about missing the Missouri Fair, but wishes for his troops to go enjoy

May 21st: Lincoln gave permission of the musician to accompany his wounded friend in NY; Lincoln encourages the “100 Day Troops” to strengthen Sherman’s line in Atlanta; Lincoln denies a convicted spy Henry Sack’s sister request of delaying his execution

May 23rd: Lincoln asks about Henry Sack and his crime committed

May 24th: Lincoln suspends the death of Henry Sack and imprisons him for the rest of the war;Lincoln writes to Governor of Ohio John Brough to inform him of the good news from General Grant

May 27th: Lincoln discusses a member of the army’s promotion, but in order to reach the general to get the information on the promotion, he must be reachable by telegraph, which he is not

May 28th: Lincoln declines an invitation to attend Philadelphia Fair, it was addressed to the postmaster Cornelius Walborn

May 30th: Lincoln gave permission for Col. Dutton to come to Washington from Ft. Monroe in Virginia.

May 31st: Lincoln authorized Major General Hurlburt to visit Washington and Baltimore


June, 1864

June 4th 1864 - Execution of Charles H. Scott

June 7th 1864 - Threats, how to send information through “Express”

June 8th 1864 - Lincoln warning Rosecrans about the method of correspondence

June 13th 1864 (1) - African American treatment by military; taking AA by force and placing them into the Union military

June 13th 1864 (2) - Going to PA to speak at the Great Central Fair of 1864

June 14th 1864 - Lincoln congratulates General Burbridge on the Battle of Cynthiana

June 15th 1864 - Telegram to General Grant, successful dispatch and sees signs of success

June 18th 1864 - Lincoln requested to meet with Mr. Walborn (Philadelphia Postmaster) - Wanted to meet about him using his influence to prevent re nomination of Judge Kelly.

June 19th 1864 - (Lincoln to Wife, Mary) Wanted to make sure his wife and son, Tad, arrived safely in Washington, D.C.

June 20th 1864 - Telegram from John Hay (private secretary) to George Curtis (Harper’s Weekly Editor) Hay wants a 2nd copy that Curtis wrote regarding his nomination as the Union Party presidential candidate for the 1864 election.

June 24th 1864 - (Lincoln to Mary) Mary was in MA; Making sure that Mary and Tad are safe after visiting General Grant in the field.

June 24th 1864 - (Lincoln to Major General Rosecrans) Lincoln checking on General Egbert Brown in Missouri to see what he was doing or not doing (inactions).

June 27th 1864 - (Lincoln to Col. Bascom) Asked to suspend the sale of property of Rogers and Co. until further notice. (Could have been sold off?) (Company might have helped the Union by providing goods?)

June 28th 1864 - (Lincoln to General Shepley) Lincoln wanted information on Amos Tenney, who has been sentenced for desertion, wanted to suspend his execution and to sever his record (Pardon). (Shepley replied; No man is under that sentence → Forwarded to Major General Butler in the field)

June 29th 1864 (1) - (Lincoln to Lien. P. General Grant) Wanted Grant’s permission to allow Dr. Worster to pitch his new sock into the army (Harmon’s Sandal Sock).

June 29th 1864 (2) - (Lincoln to Mary) Tom (White House Servant) annual move to the Soldier’s home just a few miles north of the White House.

June 30th 1864 - (Lincoln to Governor Tod) Secretary of the Treasury Chase resigned and Lincoln has nominated Gov. Todd to replace him; Come to Washington D.C. immediately.


July 1864


August, 1864

August 1, 1864- Lincoln requests that NY Senator Edwin Morgan come to the Executive Mansion.

August 2, 1864- Lincoln requests that Morton M'Michael, the editor of the North American, come to him at the Executive Mansion.

August 3, 1864- Lincoln approves Lieutenant General Grant's appointment of General Philip Sheridan as commander of the Army of the Shenandoah.

August 4, 1864- Colonel Frank Wolford is arrested.

August 5, 1864- Judge E.K. Snead has been freed.

August 6, 1864- Lincoln requests that Col. S.M. Bowman meet with him.

August 6, 1864 (2)- Anson Rockford is offered the post of judge in New Mexico.

August 6, 1864 (3)- Lincoln reviews correspondence between himself and Horace Greeley for publication.

August 8, 1864- Lincoln asks Horace Greeley if he received his earlier telegram.

August 8, 1864 (2)- Lincoln revokes the order that he had made earlier allowing his sister-in-law Mrs. Emily Todd Helm to avoid prosecution for disloyalty.

August 11, 1864- Lincoln requests that Major General Carl Schurz travel to Washington to meet with him.

August 14, 1864- Lieutenant General Grant is ordered to meet with Lee about house burning and the destruction of private property.

August 15, 1864- Lincoln asks Major General Sherman if it would be inconvenient to ship cotton by rail to the North.

August 17, 1864- Lincoln agrees with Lieutenant General Grant who does not want to end his siege of Petersburg.

August 18, 1864- Lincoln orders the suspension of the execution of John S. Young.

August 18, 1864 (2)- Lincoln's secretary informs Colonel G.W. Bridges that if Andrew Johnson, the governor of Tennessee, requests a stay of execution for William Bridges the President will support it.

August 20, 1864- Lincoln suspends the execution of Patrick Jones.

August 20, 1864 (2)- Lincoln requests that Judge Snead be allowed to visit his family on Easter.

August 21, 1864- Lincoln's secretary informs Horace Greeley that Lincoln would meet with a friend of Greeley's.

August 24, 1864 (2)- Lincoln's secretary requests that Major General Rosencrantz inquire about the case of David Mills before deciding whether to give executive clemency.

August 24 1864 (3)- Informs Mrs. Mary Baldwin that he is ordering John Young's execution to be suspended.

August 26, 1864- Confederate Congressman Joe Heiskell is captured.

August 28, 1864- Lincoln suspends the execution of four men.

August 28, 1864 (2)- unreadable

August 29, 1864- Colonel T. Worthington of Ohio wants to visit Lieutenant General Grant. This telegram may be in code.

August 30, 1864- Lincoln responds to what seems to be an inquiry about his family.


September, 1864

September 1st- President Lincoln asks for the Postmaster General to return to Washington. The Postmaster General needed to return because the First Assistant Postmaster General needed to leave Washington to campaign for Lincoln.

September 3rd- Another urgent message to Lincoln’s Postmaster General Montgomery Blair to “come at once and not delay.”

September 4th- Lincoln in this telegram is messaging the Major General of the Union forces in Kentucky, General Stephen G. Burbridge. The context of the message concerned Burbridge looking into a man who could have been falsely accused of belonging to a secret society.

September 5th- This telegram was not sent from President Lincoln, but instead from John Nicolay a personal secretary to the President. Nicolay wrote to Major Thomas Eckert a member of the War Department Telegraph staff.

September 7th- In this telegram, President Lincoln is obliging the request of Governor Johnson of Tennessee to delay the executions of Jesse T. Broadway and Jordan Moseley.

September 8th- Abraham Lincoln is writing in this telegram to his wife Mary Todd. Mary Todd was in Vermont at the time with their son Tad. This shows the importance of family to the President.

September 9th- This telegram is a response to a previous telegram that was never seen by President Lincoln. Isaac Schermerhorn from Buffalo was a politician in NY who wanted Lincoln to attend the national union mass ratification meeting coming up.

September 11th- Another telegram between Lincoln and his wife Mary, this time wanting to know when she planned on returning to Washington. The telegram was sent to New York and it is assumed that Mary was there doing some shopping.

September 27th- This telegram written by President Lincoln was written to commanding General William T. Sherman hoping to know if Jefferson Davis was going to visit Brown and Stephens.

September 27th (2)- This telegram summarized a conversation between the President and Major General Butler on the dismissal of an assistant surgeon from his department.

September 27th (3)- This telegram conveys the President's’ willingness to become involved in local matters when he asked the opinion of Governor Johnson about a criminal Robert Bridges, who is appealing his own execution.

September 28th- This telegram informed the Officer in Command in Nashville that the execution of Jesse A. Broadway had been reprieved until Friday. October 14th.

September 28th (2)- This was a refusal of invitation to the Louisiana ratification meeting.

September 28th (3)- Sent to Major General Butler, President Lincoln was hoping to receive answers as to why Butler had confiscated money from John H. Smith

September 29th- This source shows the President’s influence as Commander in Chief. In this telegram Lincoln is discussing the potential threat of General Jubal Early’s Confederate forces to those of Union General Philip Sheridan.

September 29th (2)- This telegram describes Lincoln’s confirmation of receiving a message from John Cessna on September 28th. Cessna was attempting to pay to avoid going into the draft, and was told to see Alexander McClure.

September 30th- Another telegram written to General Butler questioning on of his actions, this time about James Hallion and why he was being held prisoner.


October, 1864

October 1st: Lincoln Inquires About Status of James Hallion,

October 5th: Suspension of Execution of Thomas K. Miller,

October 9th: Report that There is No News of the Army of the Potomac,

October 10th: Lincoln Indicates No Letter From Erie,

October 11th (1): Lincoln Decides Not to Muster Colonel Stover,

October 11th (2): Inquiry About Health of Son Robert J. Lincoln,

October 11th (3): Inquiry About Pennsylvania Election Results

October 12th 1864 - (Lincoln to War Department) Suspend execution of Albert G. Lawrence until further order from the President.

October 12th 1864 (2) - (Lincoln to Stanton (not in office) responded by General Grant) Election returns and an update on Pennsylvania, Ohio would vote for the Republican party, Indiana was Republican. He wants Grant to relay what he knows about how the Union was voting so far.

October 13th 1864 - (Lincoln to Governor Morton) Congratulations on Indiana. Ideas on furloughing soldiers, in November.

October 13th 1864 (2) - (Lincoln to Honorable Godlove Orth) Lincoln was delaying the appointment of the judge (did not mention his name) until Congress could meet.

October 13th 1864 (3) - (John Hay (secretary) telegraphed Governor Andrew Curtin (PA)) He was letting Curtin know that Lincoln did receive the letter from Eric.

October 13th 1864 (4) - (John Hay to Commandant) The sentence of Jesse Broadway has been changed by Lincoln to imprisonment and hard labor for three years.

October 14th 1864 - (Lincoln to Butler) Asked Butler to reopen the case on John R. Findley for apparently skulking.

October 15th 1864 - (Lincoln to Honorable U.W. Hoffman) Asking him to come visit him tonight.

October 16th 1864 - (Lincoln to Honorable J.N. Moorehead) Needs more information and time to look up the Peter Gilman case before providing an answer.

October 17th- This telegram was a reply to Gov. A.G. Curtin of Pennsylvania and his concern over what he thought was the downgrading of General Sheridan’s forces. Within this telegram Lincoln corrects, assures and orders Gov. Curtin to support an attack.

October 21st- This telegram showed President Lincoln’s influence as commander in chief when he is requesting information about the movement of General William Rosencrans. This coming on the heels of conflict between Union General Samuel Curtis’ forces, and Confederate forces under the command of Sterling Price.

October 22nd- Lincoln acknowledges receipt of U.S. attorney general for the Maryland district, William Price’s message, and expresses interest in meeting with him.

October 23rd- Lincoln informs Generals Thomas and Washburn of a potential Confederate raid out of northern Mississippi, and into Kentucky. This information would be helpful in stopping the Confederate guerilla tactics of the time.

October 25th- Lincoln was interested in discovering the status of Lieutenant Charles Saumening through Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert Robinson.

October 28th- The President asking if a prisoner of war should be released, seems in favor of this man, Phileman B. Price being released.

October 28th (2)- Lincoln asking about a Mr. Bower a POW in Kentucky being released on behave of Bower’s wife.

October 30th- Lincoln requests for A.H. Mclure a journalist in Pennsylvania to get in contact with him.

October 31st- Lincoln sends a message to Thomas T. Davis to discharge Milton D. North and notify his mother.