To Joseph Hooker

                                                        Executive Mansion, Washington,
Major General Hooker.            June 14. 11.55 P.M. 1863.

Yours of 11.30 just received. You have nearly all the elements for forming an opinion whether Winchester is surrounded that I have. I really fear—almost believe, it is. No communication has been had with it during the day, either at Martinsburg, or Harper’s Ferry. At 7 P.M., we also lost communication with Martinsburg. The enemy had also appeared there some hours before. At 9. PM. Harper’s Ferry said the enemy was reported at Berryville & Smithfield. If I could know that Longstreet and Ewell moved in that direction so long ago as you stated in your last, then I should feel sure that Winchester is strongly invested. It is quite certain that a considerable force of the enemy is thereabout; and I fear it is an overwhelming one, compared with Milroys. I am unable to give any more certain opinion. A. LINCOLN

 

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