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Copyright Page

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Acknowledgments

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The Brown University library staff has provided indispensable help in the preparation of this book. John Ettlinger is most thankful to Martha Mitchell of the library's Department of Archives. Jennifer Lee of the John Hay Library at Brown kindly called Michael Burlingame's attention to the manuscript...

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Editors' Introduction

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pp. xi-xx

The diary of assistant presidential secretary John Hay has been aptly described as "the most intimate record we have or ever can have of Abraham Lincoln in the White House." It is one the richest deposits of high-grade ore for the smelters of Lincoln biographers and Civil War historians, especially for the years 1863 and 1864, when...

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1. 1861

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pp. 1-33

The White House is turned into barracks. Jim Lane marshalled his Kansas Warriors today at Willard's and placed them at the disposal of Maj. Hunter, who turned them tonight into the East Room. It is a splendid company-worthy such an armory. Besides the western Jayhawkers it comprises some of the best materiel of the East. Senator Pomeroy...

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2. 1862

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pp. 35-41

On the 27th day of January, the president issued his general War Order No. One to those whose direction it was to be. He wrote it without any consultation and read it to the Cabinet, not for their sanction but for their information. From that time he influenced actively the operations of the Campaign. He stopped going to McClellan's and sent...

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3. 1863

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pp. 42-136

Left New York at noon-got into rough weather in the course of the afternoon-made an enormous dinner with a light and defiant heart-cast it up with great heaviness of spirit-solitary agony-weariness of living--disgust for the sea-enthusiastic promises of future land residence-cold-blooded preparations made by the Steward-distant...

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4. 1864

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pp. 137-254

The President and Secretary of War today Jan. 2, 1864 commissioned me to go down to Lookout Point and deliver to Gen. Marston the book of oaths and the accompanying blanks and explain to him the mode in which they are to be used. Gen Butler was ordered by telegraph to meet me there and consult as to the manner of carrying out the Presidents plan for pardoning...

Appendix: Speech to the Citizents of Florida

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pp. 257-266

Notes

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pp. 267-369

Index

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pp. 371-393

Author Bio

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