April 16, 1864
---In spite of Sherman’s orders that A.J. Smith and his divisions leave Louisiana immediately and return to Chattanooga, Gen. Banks forbids the move, insisting to Smith that it is “impossible for me to dispense with your services.”
---George Templeton Strong, in New York City, writes in his journal about the state of the market and of the nation:
Gold keeps at about 170 and exchange was bought today at 200! Insolvency is imminent. Congress is inefficient. The country seems drifting to leeward. I dread the newspaper attacks and queries and criticism to which the Sanitary Commission is about to be exposed on its receipt of the proceeds of this fair, and I have my doubts and difficulties about this question of our establishing sanitaria. Everything looks black and life is a failure today. . . .