To Simon Cameron

January 10, 1862

The within is a copy of a letter just received from General Halleck. It is exceedingly discouraging. As everywhere else, nothing can be done. A. LINCOLN

Lincoln’s endorsement is on a copy of Halleck’s letter to Lincoln, January 6, 1862, the original of which is in the Lincoln Papers. Explaining in great detail the status of affairs in Missouri which made it impossible for him to send a force against Columbus, Kentucky, Halleck added his opinion of the proposed movement of Buell’s force: “To operate on exterior lines against an enemy occupying a central position, will fail, as it always has failed, in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred. It is condemned by every military authority I have ever read.”

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