To Salmon P. Chase

Secretary Chase                   Washington City, D.C.
Fredericksburg, Va.            May 25. 1862

It now appears that Banks got safely in to Winchester last night, and is, this morning, retreating on Harper’s Ferry. This justifies the inference that he is pressed by numbers superior to his own. I think it not improbable that Ewell Jackson and Johnson, are pouring through the gap they made day-before yesterday at Front Royal, making a dash Northward. It will be a very valuable, and very honorable service for Gen. McDowell to cut them off. I hope he will put all possible energy and speed into the effort.

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