April 26, 1861 — an excerpt from The First Assassin:
When the men stationed in the Capitol had heard that Lincoln was coming for an impromptu visit, they streamed out of their temporary homes in the offices and committee rooms of senators and representatives. They assembled on the east side of the building, eager to greet their commander-in-chief. The new arrivals from New York were there, many of them bleary-eyed from a lack of sleep. The soldiers who had come to Washington before them joined in as well.
“Consider yourselves lucky,” said Lincoln, when the clamor died down. “Most people have to win an election to take a seat in the House!”
The men howled with delight again.