Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

Rutherford B. Hayes.

May 7, 2015

Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes

Washington, May 7, 1865.

Dear Mother: — . . . The President impresses me more favorably than I anticipated. He strikes one as a capable and sincere man — patriotic and with a great deal of experience as a public man.

The great armies are getting back from the South to this city in great numbers. Grant and Sheridan are here. Sherman is soon coming. All think the war at an end. . . .

Affectionately, your son,


Mrs. Sophia Hayes.

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