President Lincoln Fatigued with Fatigued Horses

October 24, 1862

A clearly perturbed President Lincoln writes General McCellan: “I have just read your despatch about sore tongued and fatigued [sic] horses.  Will you pardon me for asking w hat the horses of your army have done since the battle of Antietam that fatigue anything?”

More sympathetically, President Lincoln writes a reference for his White House valet: “The bearer of this, William Johnson (colored), came with me from Illinois; and is a worthy man, as I believe.”  Johnson would continue in Lincoln’s service for more than another year.  After accompanying President Lincoln to Gettysburg in November 1863, both Lincoln and Johnson would come down with a form of smallpox.  Lincoln would recover.  Johnson would not and Lincoln would see to closing Johnson’s financial affairs and his burial in Arlington National Cemetery.

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