The Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 6 by Abraham Lincoln
Telegram to J. K. Dubois. July 11, 1863.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 11, 1863. 9 A.M.
HON. J. K. DUBOIS, Springfield, Ill.:
It is certain that, after three days' fighting at Gettysburg, Lee withdrew and made for the Potomac, that he found the river so swollen as to prevent his crossing; that he is still this side, near Hagerstown and Williamsport, preparing to defend himself; and that Meade is close upon him, and preparing to attack him, heavy skirmishing having occurred nearly all day yesterday.
I am more than satisfied with what has happened north of the Potomac so far, and am anxious and hopeful for what is to come.
[Nothing came! Lee was allowed to escape again and the war went on for another two years. D.W.]