President Lincoln Respects Aging General

March 18, 1862

Fort Monroe in Virginia has been selected by General George B. McClellan as the headquarters for his new Peninsular Campaign in Virginia.  “In going to Fortress-Monroe, Gen. McClellan gets into Gen. Wool’s Department,” President Lincoln wrote Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.  “He must not be interfered with by Gen. Wool. Yet I do not wish Gen. Wool’s feelings hurt, and I am ready to make him a Major Genl. if it will do any good.”  Aged 77, Wool was a veteran of the War of 1812 and the oldest Union general in the field.  He would retire in 1863.

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