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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1865

Tuesday 18th

18 April 1865

Thursday 20th

20 April 1865
19 April 1865
Wednesday 19th



There was later news from America today confirming the accounts of the successful pursuit of General Lee’s army, and leaving it hemmed in and likely to be completely dispersed. All this looks like the end of the war. I got the newspapers in the course of the day, but could find no trace of the situation of Charles’s regiment. That he is somewhere in the army I cannot doubt. I must trust and wait. It appears that Mr Seward has met with a bad accident in being thrown on trying to get out of a carriage. Even if not dangerous, this will disable him at a very critical moment. The President is still flickering around Richmond, utterly unconscious of the nature of his position and innocent of dignity. Mr Seward had just been sent for, which makes the incident more unfortunate. I had a few visits from General Lerman and Sir George Sinclair, as well as two Mr Jones’s from Rhode Island. Wrote a number of letters, and almost finished one to Mr Dana. Mr Hooper, the military critic of the Globe likewise came in, and gave me some light as to the position of the armies, which I needed. He considers the case as settled. Only two days ago his last article had taken an opposite view. I had some talk with him on Mexican affairs. He showed me an abstract of the protest of Maximilian against his exclusion from the Austrian line of succession. A curious symptom! The Imperial government refused to receive it, and Mr Murphy, the minister was obliged to quit Vienna for attempting to present it. Walk, and call on Mr Peabody, but did not find him at home. Quiet dinner and evening. The whole of it spent in reading the American newspapers. Mr Moran and Mr Alward both called in This is a memorable anniversary. Four years ago Baltimore was the scene of the first bloodshed. I turned back to my record of that day, and contrasted the feelings excited by the commencement with those attending the present moment. What a conflict has passed in the interval!

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Charles Francis Adams, Sr., [date of entry], diary, in Charles Francis Adams, Sr.: The Civil War Diaries (Unverified Transcriptions). Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2015. http://www.masshist.org/publications/cfa-civil-war/view?id=DCA65d109