This Week in the Civil War - 743

Jan 13, 2014

On Wednesday, January 13, 1864 both presidents in the North and South communicated with their subordinates in the field but with messages that greatly differed in tone. 

While southern President Jefferson Davis warned General Joseph E. Johnston at Dalton, Georgia of the detrimental dangers of retreating, noting “I trust you will not deem it necessary to adopt such a measure,” Abraham Lincoln was sending instructions to General Nathaniel Banks at New Orleans to “proceed with all possible dispatch” in the construction of a free state government for Louisiana. 

Likewise, Lincoln also urged Union Major General Quincy Gilmore to cooperate in reconstructing a government in Florida loyal to the United States.  While Davis too often feared the future, the more pragmatic and optimistic Abraham Lincoln was more than ready to embrace it.