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Senatorial caucus meets to discuss Cabinet crisis

Abraham Lincoln, Mathew Brady Studio Image, February 9, 1864, detail
12/18/1862
By mid-December 1862, President Lincoln faced a cabinet crisis. Friction within the administration and between the Cabinet and Republicans on Capitol Hill had escalated after several military defeats. On December 18, a senatorial caucus made up of nine Republican senators met for three hours beginning at 7pm to air their complaints. Lincoln received offers of resignation from both Secretary of State William Seward and Secretary of Treasury Salmon Chase, but he declined them both. (By Rebecca Solnit)
Source Citation: 
"The Lincoln Log," December 18, 1862, The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, http://www.thelincolnlog.org/view/1862/12/18.
David Herbert Donald, Lincoln (New York: Touchstone, 1996), 398-404.

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