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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 54: capture of Richmond.--the destruction of the Confederate fleet in the James River, etc. (search)
t it would have created a commotion in the North. About an hour after the departure of Mr. Campbell, a man dressed in gray homespun, with a huge rough stick in his hand, appeared at the landing and demanded to see the President. I am Duff Green, he said; I want to see Abraham Lincoln, and my business concerns myself alone. You tell Abraham Lincoln that Duff Green wants to see him. The officer of the deck delivered this message in the cabin, and the President said, Let him come on board; Duff is an old friend of mine, and I would like to talk with him. When Mr. Duff Green passed over the side, he stood defiantly on deck, scowled at the flag, then turning to Admiral Porter, whom he knew very well, said: I want to see Abraham Lincoln. When you come in a respectful manner, said the Admiral, the President will see you; but throw away that cord of wood you have in your hand before entering the President's presence. How long is it, inquired Duff Green, since Abraham Lincoln took