President is sick…and tired of General McClellan

April 10, 1862

Illinois Senator Orville H. Browning reported in his diary: “Then went to Presidents, but he was sick and in bed, and I did not see him.   Went up again at night, and sat with him an hour or more.   He was comfortable and in very good spirits — having been out riding in the evening.

He told me he was becoming impatient and dissatisfied with McClellan’s sluggishness of action, and read me a letter he had written him in reply to his demand for more troops, in which he talked to him in exceeding plain terms about his delay’s and urged upon him the indispensable necessity of his striking a blow if he expected to maintain his character before the Country

On the western front, President Lincoln wrote Illinois Republicans pushing for a major generalship for General John Pope: “I fully appreciate Gen. Pope’s splendid achievements with their invaluable results; but you must know that Major Generalships in the Regular Army, are not as plenty as blackberries.”

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