President Withholds McDowell’s Division from General McClellan

April 3, 1862

Hearing reports from General James Wadsworth about the inadequacy of the military defense of Washington, President Lincoln decided to with a corps that would otherwise have reenforced General George B. McClellan for the Peninsula campaign.  Knowing full well how the irascible McClellan would react, President Lincoln wrote: The Secretary of War will order that one, or the other of the corps, of Gen. McDowell and Gen. Sumner, remain in front of Washington until further orders from the Department,–to operate at, or in the direction of Ma[na]ssas junction, or otherwise as occasion may require; that the other corps, not so ordered to remain, go forward to Gen. McClellan as speedily as possible; that Gen. McClellan commence his forward movement from his new base at once; and that such incidental modifications as the foregoing may render proper, be also made.

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