These Recollections grew out of a long deferred purpose to publish a selection of my speeches on public questions, but in collecting them it became manifest that they should be accompanied or preceded by a statement of the circumstances that attended their delivery.The attempt to furnish such a statement led to a review of the chief events of my public life, which covers the period extending from 1854 to the present time.
of Secretary Chase--Anecdote of Governor Tod of Ohio--Nomination of William P. Fessenden to Succeed Chase--The Latter Made Chief Justice--Lincoln's Second Nomination--Effect of Vallandigham's Resolution--General Sherman's March to the Sea--Second Session of the 38th Congress.
ASSASSINATION OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Johnson's Maudlin Stump Speech in the Senate--Inauguration of Lincoln for the Second Term--My Trip to the South--Paying off a Church Debt--Meetings to Celebrate the Success of the Union Army-- News of the Death of Lincoln--I Attend the Funeral Services--General Johnston's Surrender to General Sherman--Controversy with Secretary Stanton Over the Event--Review of 65,000 Troops in Washington--Care of the Old Soldiers--Annual Pension List of $150,000,000--I am Re- elected to the Senate--The Wade-Davis Bill--Johnson's Treatment of Public Men--His Veto of the Civil Rights Bill--Reorganization of the Rebel States and The
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