President Lincoln Concerned with Battle of Chickamauga

September 20, 1863

President Lincoln writes Mary Lincoln: “I neither see nor hear anything of sickness here now; though there may be much without my knowing it. I wish you to stay, or come just as is most agreeable to yourself.”

The fate of Union armies in eastern Tennessee concerns President Lincoln.  Presidential aide John Hay wrote that “the President showed me Rosecrans despatch of the day before detailing the first day’s fighting & promising a complete victory on the next day .  The Presdt. Was a little uneasy over the promise, and very uneasy that Burnside was not within supporting distance.”   Rosecrans had written:

We have met with a serious disaster, extent not yet ascertained. Enemy overwhelmed us. Drove our right, pierced our centre and scattered them. [General George] Thomas who, had seven divisions remained intact at last news. [General George] Granger with two brigades had gone to support Thomas on the left. Every available reserve was used when the men stampeded. [General Ambrose] Burnside will be notified of the state of things at once and you will be informed. Troops from Charleston, Florida Virginia and all along the seaboard are found among the prisoners — It seems that every available man was thrown against us.

Fortunately, General Thomas’s steadfast stand had prevented a greater disaster.

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