The Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 6 by Abraham Lincoln
Telegram to General G. B. McClellan. September 12, 1862.
WASHINGTON CITY, D.C., September 12, 1862. 5.45 PM
Governor Curtin telegraphs me: "I have advices that Jackson is crossing the Potomac at Williamsport, and probably the whole rebel army will be down from Maryland."
Receiving nothing from Harper's Ferry or Martinsburg to-day, and positive information from Wheeling that the line is cut, corroborates the idea that the enemy is crossing the Potomac. Please do not let him get off without being hurt.
[But he did! D.W.]