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Tuesday, July 12, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President telegraphs Gen. Grant: "Vague rumors have been reaching us for two or three days that Longstreet's corps is also on its way this vicinity. Look out for it's absence from your front." Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 12 July 1864, CW, 7:438.

Cabinet meets. Discussion centers around Gen. Early's raid on Washington. Welles, Diary.

Each day of skirmishing President rides to suburbs and watches "the soldiers repulse the invaders." Francis F. Browne, The Everyday Life of Abraham Lincoln (New York: Thompson, 1886), 661-62.

President, Mrs. Lincoln, and several members of Congress visit Fort Stevens, DC, at 4 P.M. and watch operations from parapet. Washington Chronicle, 13 July 1864.

Assistant Secretary of State Frederick W. Seward and father, Secretary of State William H. Seward, drive out to Fort Stevens with President. Frederick W. Seward, Reminiscences of a War-Time Statesman and Diplomat, 1830-1915. By Frederick W. Seward, Assistant Secretary of State during the Administrations of Lincoln, Johnson, and Hayes (New York: Putnam, 1916), 248.

President tours fortifications again. Under fire again at Fort Stevens. Man shot at his side. Hay, Letters and Diary.

General Wright tells Lincoln to get out of danger. Lincoln does not move. Young officer, Oliver Wendell Homes Jr., shouts: "Get down, you fool." President moves back. Monaghan, Diplomat, 378.

At night President and Mrs. Lincoln drive along line of city defenses and are greeted by soldiers. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 13 July 1864, 3d ed., Extra, 2:1.