The Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 5 by Abraham Lincoln
To General G. B. McClellan. March 31, 1862
EXECUTIVE MANSION, WASHINGTON, MARCH 31, 1862
MY DEAR SIR:-This morning I felt constrained to order Blenker's division to Fremont, and I write this to assure you I did so with great pain, understanding that you would wish it otherwise. If you could know the full pressure of the case, I am confident that you would justify it, even beyond a mere acknowledgment that the commander-in-chief may order what he pleases.
Yours very truly,