The Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 6 by Abraham Lincoln
Telegrams to General A. E. Burnside.
WASHINGTON, June 28, 1862.
I think you had better go, with any reinforcements you can spare, to General McClellan.
WAR DEPARTMENT, June, 28, 1862
MAJOR-GENERAL BURNSIDE, Newbern:
We have intelligence that General McClellan has been attacked in large force and compelled to fall back toward the James River. We are not advised of his exact condition, but the President directs that you shall send him all the reinforcements from your command to the James River that you can safely do without abandoning your own position. Let it be infantry entirely, as he said yesterday that he had cavalry enough.
EDWIN M. STANTON,