Lincoln Letters - December 26, 1861

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The day after Christmas 1861, Lincoln is anxious to get the army moving. General McClellan has contracted typhoid. (This letter is quoted in numbered paragraph 12 in the typhoid article). He is hoping Ambrose Burnsidealong with Commodore Goldsborough can start the offensive. Burnside telegraphs the President on December 28 stating that they can embark in 36 hours.

December 26, 1861

Executive Mansion
Washington, D.C.
Dec. 26, 1861
Brig. Genl. Burnside
My dear Sir:
It is of great importance you should move as soon as possible. Are you ready? Genl. McClellan (who is sick) tells me you are. Is he or not mistaken? Is Goldsborough ready? If you both are, be off at once – if not, get ready, and be off. Consumption of time is killing us. Please answer by return mail.
Yours truly,
A. Lincoln
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