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President Abraham Lincoln telegram to Governor William Sprague

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Title

President Abraham Lincoln telegram to Governor William Sprague

Description

Image of several telegram pages from President Abraham Lincoln to Governor William Sprague requesting 50,000 troops, sent from Washington, D.C. on July 3, 1862.

See also:
Office of the Governor - Correspondence

Source

Adjutant General, Correspondence Received–364a

Publisher

Rhode Island State Archives

Date

1862 July 03

Rights

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Language

eng

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Text

Dated Washington July 3d 1862
Rec’d, Providence July 3 1862, 12 o’clock, 25 min.
To Wm. Sprague

{Private & Confidential}

My dear Sir.
I should
not want the half of three
hundred thousand new troops
if I could have them now.
If I had fifty thousand
(50000) additional troops
here now I believe I could
substantially close the war
in two weeks but time
is everything & if I get



fifty thousand new men
in a month I shall have
lost twenty thousand
20000 old ones during
the same month having
gained only thirty thousand
With the difference between
old & new troops against
me the quicker you send
the fewer you will have


to send. time is everything
Please act in view of
this. The Enemy having
given up Corinth it is
not wonderful that
he is thereby enabled to
check us for a time at
Richmond
Yours truly.
A. Lincoln

132 paid 105 W

Original Format

paper

Citation

Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865., "President Abraham Lincoln telegram to Governor William Sprague," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #53, http://sos.ri.gov/virtualarchives/items/show/53 (accessed October 25, 2014).