The Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 6 by Abraham Lincoln
Telegram to Governor Johnson. September 8, 1863.
EXECUTIVE MANSION, WASHINGTON, September 8, 1863. 9.30
HON. ANDREW JOHNSON, Nashville, Tenn.:
Despatch of yesterday just received. I shall try to find the paper you mention and carefully consider it. In the meantime let me urge that you do your utmost to get every man you can, black and white, under arms at the very earliest moment, to guard roads, bridges, and trains, allowing all the better trained soldiers to go forward to Rosecrans. Of course I mean for you to act in co-operation with and not independently of, the military authorities.