President Lincoln Reviews Situation in Tennessee

October 31, 1862

President Lincoln responds to a request by Tennessee Military Governor Andrew Johnson  for more troops: “Yours of the 29th. received. I shall take it to Gen. Halleck; but I already know it will be very inconvenient to take Gen. Morgan’s command from where it now is. I am glad to hear you speak hopefully for Tennessee. I sincerely hope Rosecrans may find it possible to do something for her.”  He added that “`David Nelson’ son of the M.C. of your state, regrets his father’s final defection, and asks me for a situation. Do you know him? Could he be of service to you, or to Tennessee, in any capacity in which I could send him?”  On October 29, Governor Johnson had telegraphed the president: “General [George W.] Morgan’s entire command ought to be sent to Tennessee, and if not, all the Tennessee regiments should be sent. They are the troops we need here. Press the importance of sending these regiments to Tennessee upon General Halleck. I know if his attention is called to it he will not hesitate one moment. Let them come and we will redeem East Tennessee before Christmas. East Tennessee must be redeemed. I have much to say upon this subject at the proper time. Let sufficient forces be sent to Nashville. It must and can be held. I will communicate fully all that has transpired as soon as mail facilities are restored.”

General George B. McClellan writes his wife: “If I am successful in this campaign I think it will end in driving Stanton out — as he was good enough to say that he held office only for the purpose of crushing me, it will afford me great pleasure if I can in any honorable & open way be instrumental in consigning the rascal to the infamous fate he deserves.  If I can crush him I will — relentlessly & without remorse.”

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