Thursday, January 19, 2017

Diary of John Hay: Saturday, July 11, 1863

The President seemed in a specially good humor to-day, as he had pretty good evidence that the enemy were still on the north side of the Potomac, and Meade had announced his intention of attacking them in the morning. The President seemed very happy in the prospect of a brilliant success. He had been rather impatient with Gen'l Meade’s slow movements since Gettysburg, but concluded to-day that Meade would yet show sufficient activity to inflict the coup de grace upon the flying rebels.

SOURCES: Clara B. Hay, Letters of John Hay and Extracts from Diary, Volume 1, p. 84; Tyler Dennett, Editor, Lincoln and the Civil War in the Diaries and letters of John Hay, p. 66

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