Charles A. Dana (image above) recalled his first meeting with Abraham Lincoln in his book, Recollections of the Civil War (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1909)
Dana was a prominent “news” faker of the Abraham Lincoln times. He had just been sacked from the New York Tribune by peacenik Horace Greeley. Dana belonged to a pro-war faction. Edwin Stanton got the news of Dana’s unemployment and asked him to take a job with the Union’s War Department (today called “Defense” Department).
So Charles A. Dana came to Washington City (today called “Washington, D.C.”). That was in 1862. But Dana had already previously met Abe Lincoln, soon after his first inauguration. At that time, Dana and a small group he was with met Mr. Lincoln in “the large room upstairs in the east wing of the White House, where he had his working office.”
The private meeting began. But then “a big Indianian, who was a messenger in attendance in the White House, came into the room and said to the President:
‘She wants you.’
‘Yes, yes,’ said Mr. Lincoln, without stirring.”
Then, not long afterward, “the messenger returned again, exclaiming, ‘I say, she wants you!'”
Uh-oh, Abe! You’re in trouble now! “She” (Mary Todd) is waiting, tapping her foot and getting impatient!
“The President was evidently annoyed,” remembered Charles A. Dana.
Then, in 1862, after Horace Greeley fired him, Dana took a new job as “special investigating agent of the War Department” (later assistant secretary of war). But really, wrote Otto Eisenschiml, Dana served as a spy for Edwin Stanton. One such espionage incident occurred in early April of 1865. Dana revealed to Stanton confidential information about a meeting between Lincoln and some key people. “General Weitzel, who was present, tells me that the president did not promise the amnesty, but told them he had the pardoning power, and would save any repentant sinner from hanging…” wired Dana to Stanton.
There was worry among the “radical” abolitionist faction of the then-fledgling Republican Party that Lincoln’s conciliatory feelings towards the South might even allow the re-convening of state legislatures in the Confederate states. That would spell doom for the 13th amendment! Unless a majority of states approved that amendment abolishing slavery, the cause of the “radical” abolitionists would fail!
Around April 7, 1865, Stanton’s spy, Charles A. Dana, telegraphed further information: “Meeting of five members of the Virginia legislature held here to-day upon the President’s propositions to Judge Campbell. The President showed me the papers confidentially to-day.” (Source: Why Was Lincoln Murdered?, by Otto Eisenschiml. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1937)
This was the last straw! The “radical” abolitionist faction would not allow reconvening of the legislatures of the Rebel states. And so it was that Thaddeus Stevens, leader of the “Radical” faction of the Republican Party, “warmed into life the brutal instincts of [Edwin] Stanton, [Joseph] Holt and [Lafayette] Baker, to have Lincoln assassinated.”