This Week in the Civil War - #912
On Saturday, September 3, 1864 Abraham Lincoln declared September 5 as a national day of celebration for the Union victories at Atlanta and Mobile. In truth, since July 1863 and the important victories at Vicksburg, Mississippi and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the Union military had precious few victories, so a grateful president now mandated a national day of celebration. Lincoln also temporarily reaffirmed his support for Postmaster General Montgomery Blair; the Radical Republicans in Congress pressured Lincoln remove Blair from the Cabinet because of his alleged support of the Democrats. Within the month, Lincoln would succumb to the Radicals’ demands to replace Blair, but the Radical Republicans were wrong. After leaving the Cabinet, Montgomery Blair would campaign for Lincoln’s re-election, with Blair and Lincoln remaining close friends until the president’s death in 1865.