Abraham Lincoln signs the most controversial bill of his presidency into law, providing for the first national military draft in U.S. history.
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Final Legislation of the 37th U.S. Congress
President Abraham Lincoln signs several bills into law that are met with intense opposition from the Democrat minority in Congress.
The Peterhoff Affair
A U.S. warship seizes a British merchant vessel in neutral waters, which threatens to cause an international crisis.
Interference in a Family Dispute
U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward unilaterally declines an offer by French Emperor Napoleon III to mediate the conflict between the U.S. and the Confederacy.
Commanding a Mighty Large Elephant
Joseph Hooker begins to reorganize and rejuvenate the demoralized Federal Army of the Potomac, but many doubt that he will ultimately succeed.
Army of the Potomac: Hooker Takes Command
The defeat at Fredericksburg and the failed “Mud March” spark recriminations among the Federal army command, leading to wholesale changes.