Edward Bates,Attorney General

“Comes very Near Being a Perfect Man”

Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War

By George W. Julian, By Owen Lovejoy

“He is the Rock on the Beach of Our National Ocean”

By George W. Julian, By Owen Lovejoy

“If Stanton Said I was a Damned Fool”

By Leonard Grover

“Act From a Favorite Child”

By George F. Harding, January 13, 1862

Lincoln Appointed Stanton as Secretary of War

By George Harding, 1862

“He is Capable of More than That”

By Edwin M. Stanton , April 14, 1865

“Spoke very Kindly of General Lee and Others”

By Edwin M. Stanton , April 15, 1865

“Now He Belongs to the Ages”

By Edwin M. Stanton,By Horace Porter,April, 1865

“He Would Break Down and Weep Bitterly”

William H. Seward

By John G. Nicolay, April 1, 1861

“Mr. Lincoln’s unselfish magnanimity”

By William H. Seward ,April 20,1865

“If He had been Alive”

“Lincoln will Reach the Higher Position in History”

Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of Treasury

By Henry Wilson, By John G. Nicolay, By John Hay, December 1864

“I would not Hesitate a Moment”

By Noah Brooks, December 1864

“I Know Meaner Things about Governor Chase”

By John B. Alley, December 1864

“I should have been Recreant to my Convictions of Duty”

By Augustus Frank, By Francis B. Carpenter, December 1864

“I should Despise myself”

By Gideon Welles,By Zachariah T. Chandler, December 1864

“Would Rather have Swallowed his Buckhorn Chair”

By Salmon P. Chase , August 6, 1862

“His Frank, Genial, Generous Face and Direct Simplicity of Bearing, Took all Hearts.” 

Gideon Welles

By Gideon Welles, April 14, 1865

“He Shook his Hands as if Scaring Sheep”

By Gideon Welles

“The Debtor Assumed to be Crazy”

By Gideon Welles

“When it was Ripe We did not Harvest It.”

Simon Cameron, Secretary of War

May 26, 1862

To the Senate and House of Representatives 

By John G. Nicolay and John Hay

“Cameron Gratefully Remembered”

By John G. Nicolay and John Hay, July 24, 1861

“I have never Served a President”

The Assistant Secretary

By John Hay , The Assistant Private Secretary

By John Hay , September 5, 1866, August 7, 1863

“The Greatest Character Since Christ”

By John Hay , August 7, 1863

“I Believe The Hand Of God Placed Him Where He Is”

By John Hay,   April 30, 1864.

“What a Man it is!”

By John Hay

“He was Fond of Reading Aloud.”

by John Hay

“His Wit And Rich Humor Had Free Play”

By Charles A. Dana, Assistant Secretary of War

By Charles A. Dana, October 11, 1864

“To Laugh At Such Frivolous Jests”

By Charles A. Dana

“The Striking Thing about him was his Affection for the Child.”

By Assistant Secretary of War Charles A. Dana, April 14, 1865

“It’s Best to Let him Run”


By David D. Porter, April 1. 1865

“You Can’t Put a Long Blade into a Short Scabbard”

By David D. Porter, April 1, 1865.

“This was a Step From the Sublime”

By David D. Porter , April 4, 1865

“But It is Well to be Humble”

By David D. Porter ,  1865

“He was Not at all Ashamed of”

By David D. Porter , 1865

“How Could One Avoid Liking Such A Man”

By David D. Porter , April 4, 1865

“He Really Seemed of another World”

By David D. Porter , 1865

“He’s The Best Man I Ever Knew Or Ever Expect To Know”

By David D. Porter, March 28, 1865

“Let them Have their Horses to Plow With”

By David D. Porter, April 5, 1865

“Leave them their Guns to Shoot Crows With”

By David D. Porter , 1865

“He Had An Illustration For Everything”

“The President Had Some Quaint Remarks”

By William T. Sherman , March 28, 1865

“Of All The Men I Ever Met”

By William T. Sherman , July 23, 1861

“I Confess I Rather Like it myself”

By William T. Sherman, March 28, 1865

“If He Could Do So ‘unbeknown’ to Him”