Wednesday, September 25, 2013

September 25, 1863: Abraham Lincoln to William S. Rosecrans


On this day 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln sent William S. Rosecrans some details on the troops being sent to him from the Army of the Potomac and some advice on how to manage some fractious subordinates.
EXECUTIVE MANSION, WASHINGTON,
September 25, 1863.

MY DEAR GENERAL ROSECRANS:

We are sending you two small corps, one under General Howard and one under General Slocum, and the whole under General Hooker.

Unfortunately the relations between Generals Hooker and Slocum are not such as to promise good, if their present relative positions remain. Therefore, let me beg--almost enjoin upon you--that on their reaching you, you will make a transposition by which General Slocum with his Corps, may pass from under the command of General Hooker, and General Hooker, in turn receive some other equal force. It is important for this to be done, though we could not well arrange it here. Please do it.

Yours very truly,

A. LINCOLN.

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