The Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 6 by Abraham Lincoln
Telegram to General G. B. McClellan. June 18, 1862
WAR DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON, D. C., June 18, 1862.
Yours of to-day, making it probable that Jackson has been reinforced by about 10,000 from Richmond, is corroborated by a despatch from General King at Fredericksburg, saying a Frenchman, just arrived from Richmond by way of Gordonsville, met 10,000 to 15,000 passing through the latter place to join Jackson.
If this is true, it is as good as a reinforcement to you of an equal force. I could better dispose of things if I could know about what day you can attack Richmond, and would be glad to be informed, if you think you can inform me with safety.