Hooker and Lincoln Discuss Military Strategy by Telegraph

June 10, 1863

President Lincoln writes General Joseph Hooker: “Your long despatch of to-day is just received. If left to me, I would not go South of the Rappahannock, upon Lee’s moving North of it. If you had Richmond invested to-day, you would not be able to take it in twenty days; meanwhile, your communications, and with them, your army would be ruined. I think Lee’s Army, and not Richmond, is your true objective point. If he comes towards the Upper Potomac, follow on his flank, and on the inside track, shortening your lines, whilst he lengthens his. Fight him when oppertunity offers. If he stays where he is, fret him, and fret him.”  President Lincoln was consistent in believing that the objective of the Army of the Potomac was engaging the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, not the Confederate capital.

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