White House, Washington, DC

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Abraham Lincoln secretly heads directly to Washington arriving in the early morning hours Campaigns/Elections
At the White House, President Johnson meets with a delegation representing Sioux tribes. Lawmaking/Litigating
Court martial convicts General Joseph Revere, grandson of the patriot, for his retreat at Chancellorsville Lawmaking/Litigating
Diplomats from Tunisia on their way to Washington D.C. visit New York City US/the World
First Japanese Embassy to the United States received officially at the White House US/the World
For Christian religious reasons, President Johnson adjusts the day of mourning for Abraham Lincoln to June 1, 1865 Lawmaking/Litigating
From the White House in Washington, President Lincoln proclaims Nevada as the Union's 36th state Lawmaking/Litigating
Harriet Lane, former President Buchanan's "First Lady," marries Baltimore banker Henry Elliot Johnson Personal
In a proclamation, President Lincoln explains why he refuses to sign the Wade-Davis Bill on Reconstruction Lawmaking/Litigating
In Washington D.C., President Johnson vetoes the Colorado Statehood Bill Lawmaking/Litigating
In Washington D.C., the National Police head Lafayette Baker is indicted for false imprisonment and extortion Crime/Disasters
In Washington D.C., the trial of former National Police head Lafayette Baker for false imprisonment begins Crime/Disasters
In Washington, D.C., heavy rainfall damages the White House Crime/Disasters
In Washington, Frederick Douglass leads a delegation of African-American leaders to the White House Campaigns/Elections
In Washington, Mary E. Walker is awarded the Medal of Honor for her services as a Union wartime nurse Women/Families
In Washington, President Andrew Johnson approves the sentences passed down to the Lincoln conspirators Crime/Disasters
In Washington, President Johnson orders a military trial for John Wilkes Booth's accused fellow plotters Crime/Disasters
In Washington, President Lincoln signs a bill to establish a separate Department of Agriculture Lawmaking/Litigating
In Washington, Virginia businessmen meet with President Johnson asking for changes in the amnesty regulations Lawmaking/Litigating
Maryland slaveholders meet President Lincoln to complain about non-enforcement of Fugitive Slave Act Lawmaking/Litigating
Mexican Ambassador Matias Romero meets with President Johnson seeking assistance for Mexico US/the World
National day of "fasting, humiliation, and prayer" takes place throughout the United States Education/Culture
Outside the White House, thousands of Democrats hear President Buchanan speak in favor of Breckinridge Campaigns/Elections
President Buchanan and Senator Douglas discuss the Lecompton Constitution at the White House Lawmaking/Litigating
President Buchanan designates January 4, 1861 as a national day of fasting and prayer Lawmaking/Litigating
President Buchanan sends Caleb Cushing to ask South Carolina to postpone its Secession Convention Lawmaking/Litigating
President Johnson appoints Andrew Jackson Hamilton as provisional governor of Texas Lawmaking/Litigating
President Johnson appoints Benjamin Franklin Perry as provisional governor of South Carolina Lawmaking/Litigating
President Johnson appoints Lewis E. Parsons, Sr. as provisional governor of Alabama Lawmaking/Litigating
President Johnson appoints long-time judge William L. Sharkey as provisional governor of Mississippi Lawmaking/Litigating
President Johnson appoints the commanders of the five new military reconstruction districts. Lawmaking/Litigating
President Johnson asks the Louisiana legislature to postpone its call for a new constitution. Campaigns/Elections
President Johnson lifts the suspension of Habeas Corpus in all loyal states but retains it in the South Lawmaking/Litigating
President Johnson names former federal judge William Marvin as provisional governor of Florida Lawmaking/Litigating
President Johnson proclaims the U.S. will not honor Imperial Mexico's blockade of rebel Matamoras. US/the World
President Johnson sets May 25th as a day of "special humiliation and prayer" for Abraham Lincoln Lawmaking/Litigating
President Johnson vetoes the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 Lawmaking/Litigating
President Lincoln calls for 75,000 troops to suppress the Rebellion and enforce United States law Lawmaking/Litigating
President Lincoln commutes the death sentence of an Indiana private soldier caught sleeping on guard Lawmaking/Litigating
President Lincoln departs Gettysburg for Washington after a brief service at the Presbyterian church Education/Culture
President Lincoln orders General John C. Fremont to modify his emancipation mandate in Missouri Lawmaking/Litigating
President Lincoln signs the Loan and Treasury Act, creating a national paper currency Lawmaking/Litigating
President Lincoln suggests to Congress ways gradually to end slavery in the United States Lawmaking/Litigating
President Lincoln visits General McClellan's headquarters at Fredericksburg, Virginia Battles/Soldiers
President Lincoln's body taken from Petersen's Boarding house to the White House two hours after death Crime/Disasters
- Prince Albert makes a brief visit to Richmond, Virginia US/the World
Queen Victoria and President Buchanan exchange telegraph messages over the new Atlantic Cable. Science/Technology
Slavery is abolished in the District of Columbia Slavery/Abolition
Stephen Douglas meets with Lincoln at the White House and pledges his support Campaigns/Elections
The body of slain President Lincoln is laying in state in the United States Capitol rotunda Personal
The funeral service for President Lincoln takes place in the White House East Room at noon Personal
The Illinois State Legislature strongly protests the military shutdown of the Chicago Times Lawmaking/Litigating
The Prince of Wales is in Washington, DC, hosted at the White House US/the World
The Prince of Wales spends twenty-four hours in Baltimore US/the World
The Prince of Wales visits the tomb of George Washington at Mount Vernon US/the World
Vice-President Millard Fillmore takes the oath of office after President Zachary Taylor dies at the White House Legal/Political
Volunteer Generals Butler and Dix end their Civil War military service Battles/Soldiers
With a presidential proclamation, Abraham Lincoln calls for a day of "humiliation, prayer, and fasting" Religion/Philosophy
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Abraham Lincoln to Andrew McCormick, January 1, 1841
Boston (MA) Herald, “Illness of President Buchanan,” June 16, 1858
Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “Signs of Fright,” August 20, 1858
New York Herald, “Forney on a Short Allowance,” January 23, 1859
New York Times, “The President and His Visitors,” April 28, 1859
New York Times, “When Did He Die?,” May 11, 1859
(Concord) New Hampshire Statesman, “Expenses of the White House,” May 28, 1859
New York Times, “Albany and Richmond,” June 29, 1859
New York Times, “The Telegraph and the Presidency,” September 9, 1859
Cleveland (OH) Herald, “Mr. Buchanan’s Letter,” April 20, 1860
Milwaukee (WI) Sentinel, “The Coming Conventions,” May 9, 1860
Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “Lincoln as He Is,” May 23, 1860
New York Herald, “Commencement of Republican Cabinet Making,” June 12, 1860
New York Herald, “American Sensations During 1860,” October 21, 1860
New York Herald, “Douglas on Lincoln,” November 18, 1860
New York Herald, “The Meeting of Congress,” November 28, 1860
Abraham Lincoln to William Seward, April 1, 1861
Abraham Lincoln, Presidential Proclamation, April 15, 1861, Washington , DC
Abraham Lincoln, Proclamation of a Blockade of the South, April 19, 1861
Abraham Lincoln, Message to the Congress in Special Session, July 4, 1861
Savannah (GA) News, “Abe Lincoln Assassinated!,” August 13, 1861
Abraham Lincoln to John Frémont, September 2, 1861
Abraham Lincoln to Lorenzo Thomas, November 7, 1861
Abraham Lincoln, Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861
Memorandum by Alexander T. Galt, Canadian diplomat, describing interview with Abraham Lincoln, December 5, 1861
Abraham Lincoln to Arnold Fischel, December 14, 1861
Abraham Lincoln to David Hunter, December 31, 1861
Abraham Lincoln to Don Carlos Buell, January 13, 1862
Abraham Lincoln, General War Order No. 1, January 27, 1862
Abraham Lincoln to the King of Siam, February 3, 1862
Abraham Lincoln to George B. McClellan, April 9, 1862
President Abraham Lincoln, Proclamation to the Nation
President Abraham Lincoln, Signing statement for the Bill to Abolish Slavery in the District of Columbia
Abraham Lincoln, Proclamation Revoking General Hunter's May 9, 1862 Order of Military Emancipation, May 19, 1862
Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation Proclamation---First Draft, Washington, DC, July 22, 1862
Abraham Lincoln to Reverdy Johnson, Washington, DC, July 26, 1862
Abraham Lincoln to Cuthbert Bullitt, July 28, 1862
Abraham Lincoln to Agenor-Etienne de Gasparin, August 4, 1862
New York National Anti-Slavery Standard, "Speech of Rev. M.D. Conway," August 9, 1862
Abraham Lincoln, Remarks on Colonization to African-American Leaders, August 14, 1862
Abraham Lincoln to Horace Greeley, August 22, 1862
Abraham Lincoln to Horace Greeley, Washington, DC, August 22, 1862
Abraham Lincoln, Mediation on the Divine Will, circa September 2, 1862
Abraham Lincoln, Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, September 22, 1862
Abraham Lincoln to Hannibal Hamlin, September 28, 1862
Abraham Lincoln to George Brinton McClellan, October 13, 1862
Mary Todd Lincoln to Abraham Lincoln, November 2, 1862
Abraham Lincoln to Carl Schurz, November 10, 1862
Abraham Lincoln to George Foster Shepley, November 21, 1862
Abraham Lincoln, Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862
Abraham Lincoln to Henry H. Sibley, December 6, 1862
Abraham Lincoln to Fanny McCullough, December 23, 1862
Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation Proclamation, Washington, DC, January 1, 1863
Abraham Lincoln to John Dix, January 14, 1863
Abraham Lincoln to the Workingmen of Manchester, England, January 19, 1863
Abraham Lincoln to Joseph Hooker, Washington, DC, January 26, 1863
Abraham Lincoln, Speech to Indians, March 27, 1863
Joseph Hooker to Abraham Lincoln, Friday, April 17, 1863
Abraham Lincoln to Isaac Newton Arnold, May 26, 1863
Abraham Lincoln to Joseph Hooker, June 10, 1863
Abraham Lincoln, Telegram to Joseph Hooker, June 10, 1863
Abraham Lincoln to Mary Todd Lincoln, June 16, 1863
Abraham Lincoln, Response to a Serenade, July 7, 1863
Abraham Lincoln to George Gordon Meade, July 14, 1863
Abraham Lincoln to Nathaniel Prentice Banks, August 5, 1863
Abraham Lincoln to Horatio Seymour, August 7, 1863
Abraham Lincoln to James Henry Hackett, August 17, 1863
Abraham Lincoln to Salmon Portland Chase, September 2, 1863
Abraham Lincoln to Andrew Johnson, September 11, 1863
Abraham Lincoln to Mary Todd Lincoln, September 21, 1863
Abraham Lincoln, Proclamation of Thanksgiving, October 3, 1863
Abraham Lincoln to James Henry Hackett, November 2, 1863
Gettysburg Address (Bliss Copy), November 19, 1863
Edward Everett to Abraham Lincoln, November 20, 1863
Abraham Lincoln, Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, December 8, 1863
Abraham Lincoln, Annual Message to Congress, December 8, 1863
George F. Shepley to Abraham Lincoln, Tuesday, December 09, 1862
Abraham Lincoln to Edward Everett, February 4, 1864
Abraham Lincoln to Michael Hahn, March 13, 1864
Recollection by Orville Hickman Browning, April 3, 1864, Washington, D.C.
Albert G. Hodges to Abraham Lincoln, April 22, 1864, Frankfort, Kentucky
John M. Mackenzie to Abraham Lincoln, April 28, 1864, Paducah, Kentucky
Abraham Lincoln, Reply to Delegation from the National Union League, June 9, 1864
The Wade-Davis Manifesto, August 5, 1864
Abraham Lincoln, Speech to the 166th Ohio Regiment, Washington, D.C., August 22, 1864
Abraham Lincoln, Blind memorandum, Washington, DC, August 23, 1864
Abraham Lincoln to Henry Jarvis Raymond, August 24, 1864, Washington, DC
Abraham Lincoln, Response to a Serenade, November 10, 1864
Diary Entry by John Hay, November 11, 1864, Washington, D.C.
Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, November 21, 1864
Abraham Lincoln, Annual Message to Congress, December 6, 1864
Abraham Lincoln to William T. Sherman, December 26, 1864
Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, Washington, DC, January 19, 1865
Recollection by Frederick Douglass, Inauguration of President Lincoln, March 4,1865, Washington, D.C.
Abraham Lincoln to Thurlow Weed, March 15, 1865, Washington, D.C.
Abraham Lincoln to Thurlow Weed, March 15, 1865
"The President's Speech - The Question of Reconstruction," New York Times, April 13, 1865
John Curtiss Underwood, Statement on behalf of Southern Refugees to President Andrew Johnson, Washington, D.C.
Andrew Johnson, Proclamation, Removal of Trade Restrictions in Occupied Southern States, Washington, D.C.
Andrew Johnson, Proclamation, Reward for the Conspirators, Washington, D.C.
Andrew Johnson, Amnesty Proclamation, Washington D.C., May 29, 1865
Andrew Johnson, Proclamation of Reconstruction of North Carolina, Washington, D.C.
Andrew Johnson, "Proclamation naming Lewis E. Parsons, Jr. provisional governor of Alabama," June 21, 1865, Washington, D.C.
Andrew Johnson to David Wills, July 3, 1865
Andrew Johnson to James Johnson, October 28, 1865, Washington, D.C.
Georgia State Convention, "Plea for the release and pardon of Jefferson Davis..." Milledgeville, Georgia, October 30, 1865
Lafayette Curry Baker to Andrew Johnson, November 11, 1865, Washington, D.C.
Andrew Johnson, "Message to Congress respecting the condition of affairs in the Southern States," December 18, 1865
Frederick Douglass, et al, to Andrew Johnson, February 7, 1866
Transcript, Meeting between President Andrew Johnson and a Delegation of African-Americans, White House, February 7, 1866
Benjamin Brown French to Andrew Johnson, February 8, 1866
Joseph S. Ingraham to Andrew Johnson, Bangor, Maine, February 8, 1866
Andrew Johnson, Speech to visiting delegation of the Virginia Legislature, the White House, Washington, D.C., February 10, 1866
John H. Brinton to Andrew Johnson, West Chester, Pennsylvania, February 14, 1866
Charles Jones Jenkins to Andrew Johnson, Milledgeville, Georgia, February 15, 1866
Andrew Johnson, Freedmen's Bureau Bill veto message, February 19, 1866
Jeremiah Sullivan Black to Andrew Johnson, Washington, D.C., February 20, 1866
Andrew Johnson, Speech before Washington's Birthday Meeting, Washington, D.C., February 22, 1866
"Mrs. Swisshelm Guillotined," Chicago Tribune, March 2, 1866
Andrew Johnson, Civil Rights Bill Veto Message, March 27, 1866
"President Johnson and His Enemies," Daily Union and American (Nashville, TN), March 28, 1866
Andrew Johnson, Proclamation announcing that the Rebellion has ended, April 2, 1866
Edmund Cooper to Governor Jonathan Worth, Washington DC, April 21, 1866
Andrew Johnson to Philip H. Sheridan, Washington, DC, August 4, 1866.
Philip H. Sheridan to Andrew Johnson, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 6, 1866.
Andrew Johnson, Proclamation Declaring the Insurrection at an End in Texas, and Civil Authority existing throughout the whole of the United States, August 20, 1866, Washington, D.C.
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