The Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 6 by Abraham Lincoln
Telegram to General A. E. Burnside. September 11, 1863.
WASHINGTON, September 11, 1863.
MAJOR-GENERAL BURNSIDE, Cumberland Gap:
Yours received. A thousand thanks for the late successes you have given us. We cannot allow you to resign until things shall be a little more settled in East Tennessee. If then, purely on your own account, you wish to resign, we will not further refuse you.