THE SECOND ADMINISTRATION OF GIDEON WELLES, 1865-1869.
The ending of the Civil War and the beginning of Welles's second term in the department were almost coincident. In the spring of 1865 rumors that Welles would not remain in the cabinet were current in New England. He, however, continued in office during Lincoln's brief second administration and throughout the administration of Andrew Johnson, resigning on March 3, 1869. Of Lincoln's original cabinet, Secretary of State Seward was the only other member who held his post for eight years, he too serving until the end of Johnson's administration. Welles's second administration was marked chiefly by the withdrawal of the fleets from the duties of the war, the re-establishment of the foreign squadrons and the reduction of the naval materiel and personnel to a peace footing.