|5.||The bombardment of Fort Sumter, April 12-13, 1861. Long, Civil War Day by Day, 56-58.|
|6.||George S. Denison and Max F. Bonzano, a German-American physician who had served as melter and refiner at the New Orleans mint and, most recently, as its superintendent. Bonzano unsuccessfully attempted to claim a seat in the U.S. Congress early the following year. Bio. Dir. U.S. Cong., 176; Henry Rightor, ed., Standard History of New Orleans . . . ( Chicago, 1900), 421, 425-26.|
Autograph letter. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (micro 21:0331).
Washington June 2 , 1862.
My dear Katie,
Your brief note from Zanesville of the 20th just received is the only intimation thus far of your whereabouts 1 / It has been a long time on the way. I take it you must have gone directly through to Zanesville without stopping.
Nothing of any great interest to you has occurred since you were here, though I think I could find the materials out of which to fill a letter which would almost pay to read
You left us on Thursday the 19th and the house seemed very dull after you were gone. What happened that day I really dont remember. I believe Mr. Stewart A. T.2 & some other gentlemen called--some other gentlemen, I am certain, did call--but am not so positive about Mr. Stewart
The next day was Cabinet day and I went to the Presidents. To my surprise all the members were there when I entered. Such a thing has hardly occurred for a month. Indeed it can hardly be said that during that time we have had a Cabinet meeting at all.
One of the topics of discussion was whether a certain bill should be vetoed according to my recommendation to the President and it was decided that it should be. The Veto Message was accordingly prepared yesterday & will I suppose go to the Senate today.3
During the sitting Mr. Stanton mentioned that the President and he had been out to Manassas to see Gen. McDowell who had been badly hurt by his horse falling upon him. They found him much better than they expected and improving rapidly. He had just telegraphed for certain information for today: would I go with him to his Dept. and learn the answer. Of course I would. So after the meeting broke up I went over and found the answer as favorable as could be expected: he was much better. Mr. Stanton proposed that I should go out and see him to which I agreed.
The next day, Saturday, I accordingly took a car and invited Mr. A. T. Stewart, Judge Hilton, Mr. R. W. Taylor, our State Auditor in Ohio, & Mr. Harrington to accompany me. We started a little after one and reached the Generals Head Quarters at Weirs House about 3. We found him in dressing gown on the portico back of the House, with Generals____________________