Lay to, soon after midnight. A full attendance at breakfast. Three inches of snow on deck; effeminate southerners of six months' standing, shivering like Italian greyhounds. . . . . We drove to the hotel and played soldier like young idiots coming home from school. . . . .
. . . . Arrived at Washington, half past six.
SOURCES: Clara B. Hay, Letters of John Hay and Extracts from Diary, Volume 1, p. 179. See Michael Burlingame & John R. Turner Ettlinger, Editors, Inside Lincoln's White House: The Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay, p. 182 for the full diary entry.