To Louis M. Goldsborough

Head-quarters, Department of Va.
Flag officer Goldsborough Fort Monroe, Va. May 7, 1862.

Sir Major General McClellan telegraphs that he has ascertained by a reconnaisance that the battery at Jamestown at Jamestown [sic] has been abandoned, and he again requests that gunboats may be sent up the James River.

If you have tolerable confidence that you can successfully contend with the Merrimac without the help of the Galena and two accompanying gunboats send the Galenana [sic] and two gunboats up the James River at once. Please report your action on her to me at once. I shall be found either at Gen Wools Head Quarters or on board the Miami Your Obedient Servt. A. LINCOLN.


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