March 31, 1862
President Lincoln telegraphed General McClellan regarding a troop decision he had made “This morning I felt constrained to order [General Louis] Blenker’s Division to [Major General John C.] Fremont; and I write this to assure you that I did so with great pain, understanding that you would wish it otherwise. If you could know the full pressure of the case, I am confident you would justify it—even beyond a mere acknowledgement that the Commander-in-chief, may order what he pleases.” General McClellan responded to the president: “Your note in regard to Genl Blenker’s Division has reached me just as I am on the point of leaving for Alexandria.
I need not say that I regret the loss of Blenker’s Division first because they are excellent troops — second — because I know they are warmly attached to me.
I fully appreciate, however, the circumstances of the case, hasten to assure you that I cheerfully acquiesce in your decision without any mental reservation.
Recognizing implicitly as I ever do the plentitude of your power as Commander in Chief, I cannot but regard the tone of your note as in the highest degree complimentary to me, & as adding one more to the many proofs of personal regard you have so often honored me with.
I shall do my best to use all the more activity to make up for the loss of this Division, & beg again to assure you that I will ever do my very best to carry out your views & support your interests in the same frank spirit you have always shown towards me.