To Simon Cameron

Hon. Sec. of War Executive Mansion, May 13, 1861

Dear Sir—You see on the other side of this sheet that four german Regiments already raised in New-York, wish to form a Brigade, and have Carl Schurz for their Brigadier General. Why should it not be done at once? By the Plan of organization, I see I am to appoint the generals.

Schurz says he would, if allowed, go immediately to Fortress Monroe; and if it would be an objection that, by rank, he would command the garrison there, he would, of choice, waive that.

I am for it, unless there be some valid reason against it. Answer soon. Yours truly A. LINCOLN.

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