Information on Kentucky Reaches White House

October 12, 1862

President Lincoln writes General Jeremiah T. Boyle regarding Union forces in Kentucky: “We are very anxious to hear from Gen. Buell’s Army. We have had nothing since day-before yesterday. Have you any-thing?”  Boyle responds: “Your dispatches received. Have no reliable information since 10th instant.  Battle was fought on Wednesday by two divisions of McCook’s corps, and most of rebel force, under [William J.] Hardee and [Leonidas] Polk, [Braxton] Bragg commanding the whole. We lost Generals [James S.] Jackson and [William R.] Terrill, Colonel [George] Webster, Lieutenant-Colonel [George P.] Jouett, Major [William P.] Campbell.”

Under pressure from individuals like Attorney General Edward Bates, a Missouri resident, President Lincoln writes General Samuel Curtis in Missouri: “Would the completion of the railroad some distance further in the direction of Springfield, Mo, be of any military advantage to you?”

Army intelligence chief Allan Pinkerton reported to George B. McClellan that presidential aide John G. “Nicolay intimated that the President was much gratified at his visit to you and had since then repeatedly expressed his confidence in you and his lack of confidence in Halleck, and from what Nicolay said I have no doubt but that after you give the Rebels one more good battle you will be called here to the command of the whole Army.”

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