This Week in the Civil War - #857
On Tuesday, June 21, 1864 President Abraham Lincoln took a steamer to City Point, Virginia to visit the Army of the Potomac. After a heartfelt greeting from Grant and his staff, the president and Grant with armed escort road by horseback to visit George Meade’s command. Riding into a camp of black troops, the president was surrounded by admirers who profusely thanked him for their deliverance from slavery. Observers saw tears in the president’s eyes, and his voice broke while speaking to those troops. After visiting with General Benjamin Butler on the following day, Lincoln returned to Washington, D.C. His visit was important; in the coming weeks he would be politically assailed as much as Grant would be criticized. Both men needed the absolute support of the other.