To-night [Blenker’s] Germans had a torchlight procession in honor of McC. promotion. I never saw such a scene of strange and wild magnificence as this night-march was. Afterwards we went over to McCn and talked about the southern flurry. The President thought this a good time to feel them. McC. said: “I have not been unmindful of that We will feel them to-morrow.” The Tycoon and the General were both very jolly over the news.
SOURCES: Clara B. Hay, Letters of John Hay and Extracts from Diary, Volume 1, p. 52; Tyler Dennett, Lincoln and the Civil War in the Diaries and Letters of John Hay, p. 34.