To George B. McClellan

Major General McClellan              Washington City, D.C.
Cumberland, Va.                              May 15, 1862.

Your long despatch of yesterday is just received. I will answer more fully soon. Will say now that all your despatches to the Secretary of War have been promptly shown to me. Have done, and shall do, all I could and can to sustain you—hoped that the opening of James River, and putting Wool and Burnside in communication, with an open road to Richmond, or to you, had effected something in that direction. I am still unwilling to take all our force off the direct line between Richmond and here.


McClellan’s dispatch of May 14 complained that although he had “more than once Telegraphed to the Secretary of War stating that in my opinion the enemy were concentrating all their available force to fight this army. . . .I have received no reply whatever. . . .” Continuing, McClellan reported that he could not bring into battle more than 80,000 men against “a much larger force, perhaps double my number,” and asked to be reinforced “without delay by all the disposable troops of the Government. . . . Any commander of the reinforcements. . . will be acceptable to me whatever expressions I may have heretofore addressed to you on that subject. . . .”


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