In the months leading up to the extraordinary session of Congress in 1861, Massachusetts senator Henry Wilson busied himself with many important tasks. Frequently visiting both the president and the War Department, the senator was engaged in defense preparations and the development of military policy. He also focused on recruiting and securing provisions for his state's troops. When the Senate convened on July 4, Wilson informed his Senate colleagues of six war-related bills ready for introduction.
Historical information provided by the Senate Historical Office.