Thursday, April 18, 2013

April 18, 1863 (Sunday): The President Plans Another Visit to Hooker

The Landing At Aquia Creek (Library of Congress)

April 18, 1863-9.30 p. m.
Major-General HOOKER:
    The President will leave here for Aquia to see you to-morrow (Sunday) morning at 7 o'clock, expecting to reach there about 10 a. m. Can you meet him there?


Official Records, Series I., Vol. 25, Part 2, Page 227. 

The President was keeping Hooker on a short leash.  This would be his second trip to Aquia to see Hooker and reflected Lincoln's mistrust of his commanders.  The failure of Hooker's planned cavalry raid sent the President into gloomy speculation of what another failed campaign.  He would be looking for answers and reassurance at Aquia.

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