The Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 6 by Abraham Lincoln
Telegram to General W. S. Rosecrans. February 12, 1863.
EXECUTIVE MANSION, WASHINGTON,
Your despatch about "river patrolling" received. I have called the Secretary of the Navy, Secretary of War, and General-in-Chief together, and submitted it to them, who promise to do their very best in the case. I cannot take it into my own hands without producing inextricable confusion.