To Rufus Saxton

Gen. Saxton                Washington City, D.C.
Harper’s Ferry             May 25, 1862. 6.50 P.M.

One good six-gun battery, complete in it’s men and appointments, is now on it’s way to you from Baltimore. Eleven other guns of different sorts are on their way to you from here. Hope they will all reach you before morning.

As you have but twentyfive hundred men at Harper’s Ferry, where are the rest which were in that vicinity, and which we have sent forward? Have any of them be[en] cut off?

A. LINCOLN

“All the troops which were in this vicinity. . . are here. None of the troops which have arrived since I came here have been cut off. . . . the First Regiment District Volunteers. . . . arrived at Winchester just as. . . Banks commenced retreating. Three companies only got out of the cars. The train returned with the regiment, with the above-mentioned line of retreat, until it was too late. . . .”

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