The Civil War Connections Blog

On Janitors and Little Napoleon…

The Reorganized Government of Virginia continued to meet in Wheeling. These were, of course, the eight senators and 32 delegates who remained loyal to the Union. During the morning session they discussed the possibility of dividing the State of Virginia. Ultimately the resolution was tabled pending further discussion.

During the evening session they voted to give their Janitor $1.50 a day whilst they were in session. There was slightly more discussion on whether to give their Door Keepers $3 or $4.

They got $3.

Elsewhere, General George McClellan assumed the command of the Army of the Potomac. Summoned to Washington, D.C., he arrived on a train to crowds of what could only be termed ‘McClellan groupies.’ In a letter to his wife that day, he wrote “I find myself in a new and strange position here—Presdt, Cabinet, Genl Scott & all deferring to me — by some strange operation of magic I seem to have become the power of the land. … I almost think that were I to win some small success now I could become Dictator or anything else that might please me—but nothing of that kind would please me — therefore I won’t be Dictator. Admirable self-denial!”