President issues a Flurry of Directives to Union Generals in Virginia

May 29, 1862

After sending telegrams to Generals John C. Fremont, Nathaniel Banks, and Irvin McDowell concerning operations in the Shenandoah Valley against Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, President Lincoln writes General George B. McClellan: “I think we shall be able, within three days, to tell you certainly, whether any considerable force of the enemy, Jackson, or any one else is moving onto Harper’s Ferry, or vicinity. Take this expected developement into your calculations.”

As usual, President Lincoln spent much of his time at the War Department’s Telegraph Office, especially at nigh.   Illinois Senator Orville H. Browning wrote: “At night went to Presidents, with Judge Williams.  Then went with the President to the war Department.  Returned from there to the Presidents where I met Mrs Browning, Mrs Bull & her party and returned with them home.”

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