At no time has President Lincoln “put his foot down” to such good acceptance by the people as at Willoughby’s Point. Here he was the first to land of the land [sic] of the expedition which took possession of Norfolk and Portsmouth, and caused the destruction of the Merrimac, and with little or no cost of blood or treasure. It is said the President selected the day previous, the place where he subsequently “put his foot down” with such magnificent results. – Peoria Trans.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Friday Morning, May 16, 1862, p. 2