To Lorenzo Thomas

Gen. Thomas                   Washington, D.C.,
Harrisburg, Penn.         July 8 1863

Your despatch of this morning to the Sec. of War is before me. The forces you speak of, will be of no immagineable service, if theyPage  322can not go forward with a little more expedition. Lee is now passing the Potomac faster than the forces you mention are passing Carlyle. Forces now beyon[d] Carlyle, to be joined by regiments still at Harrisburg, and the united force again to join Pierce somewhere, and the whole to move down the Cumberland Valley, will, in my unprofessional opinion, be quite as likely to capture the Man-in-the-Moon, as any part of Lee’s Army

A. LINCOLN

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