To Henry W. Halleck

Major Gen. Halleck                Executive Mansion,
My dear Sir:                            Washington, January 1. 1863.

Gen. Burnside wishes to cross the Rappahannock with his army, but his Grand Division commanders all oppose the movement. If in such a difficulty as this you do not help, you fail me precisely in the point for which I sought your assistance. You know what Gen. Burnside’s plan is; and it is my wish that you go with him to the ground, examine it as far as practicable, confer with the officers, getting their judgment, and ascertaining their temper, in a word, gather all the elements for forming a judgment of your own; and then tell Gen. Burnside that you do approve, or that you do not approve his plan. Your military skill is useless to me, if you will not do this. Yours very truly A LINCOLN

[Endorsement]

Withdrawn, because considered harsh by Gen. Halleck. A.L.

Jan. 1. 1862 [1863]

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