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Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
This handwritten letter, dated May 17, 1862, is written from Edwin M. Stanton to General George B. McClellan informing him that the president has denied his request to send more troops for reinforcements and had instead ordered General McDowell to march upon the city by the shortest route. Stanton further informs that McClellan is to communicate and cooperate with McDowell and to work to prevent the enemy from overtaking McDowell's army in an attempt to protect the Capitol. The letter is written on War Department letterhead. Some notes at the top have been struck through.
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Correspondence; Civil War
Mississippi State University Libraries, Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Original Manuscript Collection, Series 4: Abraham Lincoln Legal Documents, 1837-1859, Box 1, Folder 159
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Letter, Edwin M. Stanton to General George B. McClellan, May 17, 1862, Original Manuscript Collection, Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.