The Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 5 by Abraham Lincoln
Telegram to Flag-Officer L. M. Goldsborough. May 7, 1862
FORT MONROE, VIRGINIA, MAY 7, 1862
SIR:--Major-General McClellan telegraphs that he has ascertained by a reconnaissance that the battery at Jamestown has been abandoned, and he again requests that gunboats may be sent up the James River.
If you have tolerable confidence that you can successfully contend with the Merrimac without the help of the Galena and two accompanying gunboats, send the Galena and two gunboats up the James River at once. Please report your action on this to me at once. I shall be found either at General Wool's headquarters or on board the Miami.
Your obedient servant,