To Irvin McDowel

Maj. Gen. McDowell        Washington City, D.C.
Manassas Junction          May 29 1862. 12. M.

Gen. Fremont’s force should, and probably will, be at or near Strasburg by twelve (noon) to-morrow. Try to have your force, or the advance of it, at Front-Royal, as soon. A. LINCOLN.

“. . . Shields reported an accident on the railroad at Thorough-fare Gap which he feared could not be repaired under twenty-four hours. . . . I sent him the President’s telegram and he reports he will make such arrangements that will enable him to be in Front Royal before 12 o’clock m. to-morrow, with his other two brigades within 4 miles of the town by the same hour. Since then the locomotive and force sent from here have repaired the break in the road. . . .”

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