Lee also writes to Reverent Cornelius Walker: “I shall need all your good wishes and all your prayers for strength and guidance in the struggle in which we are engaged and earnestly and humbly look for him alone who can save us and who has permitted the dire calamity of this fratricidal war to impend over us.If we are not worthy that it should pass from us, may he in his great mercy shield us from its dire effects and save us from the calamity our sins have produced.”
In Springfield, Ulysses S. Grant writes to his father Jesse in Kentucky. He has finally received a letter from him the day before. He tells his father that he is not a volunteer and can’t change that now as the Galena Company has been mustered into service; he is, however, assisting Governor Yates but thinks it will be a short term assignment. He writes “I should have offered myself for Colonelcy of one of the Regiments, but I find all those places wanted by politicians who are up to log-rolling, and I do not care to be under such persons.” Grant suggests to his father that they not try to collect debts from their Galena store from men they know to be good, since there is question over the “distracted state” of U.S. currency. He thinks that 30 days from now will be a better time to collect.
Ohio Governor William Dennison writes to U.S. Secretary of War Cameron; he has not received a letter from Cameron’s department since the President’s proclamation asking for troops. He asks Cameron if he would accept ten additional regiments now organized in Ohio for three year terms, unless discharged sooner.
Ambrose Burnside is promoted to Colonel of the 1st Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry; it was the first of many promotions he would receive during the Civil War.
The Fire Zouaves arrive in Washington City from New York. Their “Turkish” looking uniforms of red shirts, gray jackets and gray baggy pants tucked into their boots makes for a stunning sight. Led by Elmer Ellsworth, Lincoln’s children Willie and Tad were likely overjoyed to have their friend Ellsworth back, who often played with the boys and had even contracted measles from them back in March.