July 12, 1863
---Gen. Meade does not lauch an all-out attack on Lee’s army, and on this night, after the Confederate engineers have assembled a new pontoon bridge, Lee’s troops begin to cross the Potomac.
---George Templeton Strong writes in his journal of the latest war news and the reactions to the Draft:
Despatches in morning papers, though severally worthless, give on the impression when takne collectively that Lee is getting safely across the Potomac and back to Old Virginny’s shore, bag and baggage, guns, plunder and all. Whereupon the able editors begin to denounce Meade, their last new Napoleon, as incapable and outgeneralled. . . . People forget that an army of fifty thousand and upward cannot be bagged bodily unless its general be a Mack or a Dupont. But I shall be disappointed if the rebels get home without a clawing.
Then, Strong turns to more immediate matters at home---the drawing of names for the Draft. Strong prophetically sees trouble brewing on that front:
Draft has begun here and was in progress in Boston last week. Demos [the masses] takes it good-naturedly thus far, but we shall have trouble before we are through. The critical time will be when defaulting conscripts are haled out of their houses, as many will be. That soulless politician, Seymour, will make mischief if he dare. So will F’nandy Wood, Brooks, Marble, and other reptiles. May they only bring their traitorous necks within the cincture of a legal halter! This draft will be the experimentum cruces to decide whether we have a government among us.