The Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 6 by Abraham Lincoln
Telegram to General G. B. Mcclellan. October 27, 1862.
EXECUTIVE MANSION, WASHINGTON, October 27, 1862, 12.10
Yours of yesterday received. Most certainly I intend no injustice to any, and if I have done any I deeply regret it. To be told, after more than five weeks' total inaction of the army, and during which period we have sent to the army every fresh horse we possibly could, amounting in the whole to 7918, that the cavalry horses were too much fatigued to move, presents a very cheerless, almost hopeless, prospect for the future, and it may have forced something of impatience in my despatch. If not recruited and rested then, when could they ever be? I suppose the river is rising, and I am glad to believe you are crossing.