On this day in the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln corresponds with Federal General George McClellan about the General’s lack of launching an assault against the Confederate army.

McClellan complains that his horses are fatigued. Lincoln responds, “Will you pardon me for asking what the horses of your army have done since the Battle of Antietam that fatigue anything?”


President Lincoln and General McClellan after the Battle of Antietam

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress) 

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