Lincoln's Men: The President and His Private Secretaries
Daniel Mark Epstein
“An intimate portrait of
Lincoln’s Men by Daniel Mark Epstein offers a fascinating close-up view of the Abraham Lincoln White House through the eyes of
Banks, and iron foundries—Clara Louise Stone was also a very rich woman. They were married in February of 1874. The next year, Hay resigned from the Tribune and moved to Cleveland, where he began a successful business career under the guidance of his father-in-law. Financially secure at last, Hay returned to politics during the congressional canvass of 1879, making pro-Republican speeches. As a reward, Rutherford B. Hayes appointed him assistant secretary of state. Sworn into office in November,.
Reception had taken place in the White House, and was widely regarded as the most successful ever. “For over two hours the crowd poured in as rapidly as the door would admit them, and many climbed into the windows . . . crinolines suffered, and at least fifty men” went home enraged “over the loss of hats and valuable overcoats” to another fifty men who preferred them to their own. “I cannot yet form much of an idea how I shall like it here,” he continued. “For two or three months the work will.
Thirteenth, shone upon the dry, sparse leaves of the oaks and maples. The servant who welcomed them at the door said that General McClellan was at General Don Carlos Buell’s house, where he had gone to attend Colonel Frank Wheaton’s wedding. They should make themselves comfortable in the parlor and the general would return soon. These three friends never lacked topics of conversation. Hay used to send his new poems to Seward, who admired them. During the past few days, Hay had spent a good deal.
Between Admiral Dupont and yourself. You had repeatedly uttered, during my last week in Washington, predictions which have become history.” He wanted the president to know of the admiral’s sadness and profound regret. Hay expresses his hope that “however the news may be received, that due honor may be given those who fought with such bravery and discretion, the losing fight.” During the next two weeks, Hay was stunned to hear of the bitter feelings toward Du Pont in the Navy and War departments.
Rosecrans detested the secretary of war, who had once court-martialed a messenger he had sent to Washington. Now Lincoln suspected “that the object of the General is to force me into a conflict with the Secretary of War and to make me overrule him in this matter.” Also, if the message was all that important, Lincoln did not believe Sanderson was the proper person to deliver it. “I have concluded,” said Mr. Lincoln, “to send you out there to talk it over with Rosecrans and to ascertain just what.