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Lincoln's Cabinet: Gideon Welles

Political Science and Lincoln Junkies, rejoice! A treasure trove of information awaits you.



The insightful diary Gideon Wells kept during his tenure as secretary of the navy, 1861–1869 (longer than any of his predecessors), is an extraordinary record of the people and events of official Washington during the Lincoln and Johnson administrations.

Samples Primary Sources

  1. The First Iron Clad Monitor
  2. The Diary of Gideon Welles
  3. Lincoln and Seward: Remarks upon the memorial address of Chas. Francis Adams, on the late William H. Seward, with incidents and comments illustrative of the measures and policy of the administration of Abraham Lincoln. And views as to the relative positions of the late President and secretary of state./ By Gideon Welles. 


The South Atlantic Quarterly. Gideon Welles on War, Politics and Reconstruction


Gideon Welles Lampooned by the Press

Gideon Wells Caricature by Thomas Nast