War of the Rebellion: Serial 015 Page 0643 Chapter XXIV. OPERATIONS IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY.

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immediately, wherever they can be had, 400 horses. Will you approve the requisition?

J. C. FREMONT,

Major-General.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

May 24, 1862-4 p.m.

Major-General FREMONT, Franklin:

You are authorized to purchase the 400 horses or take them wherever of however you can get them.

The exposed condition of General Banks makes his immediate relief a point of paramount importance. You are therefore directed by the President to move against Jackson at Harrisonburg, and operate against the enemy in such way as to relieve Banks. This movement must be made immediately. You will acknowledge the receipt of this order and specify the hour it is received by you.

A. LINCOLN.

HEADQUARTERS MOUNTAIN DEPARTMENT,

Franklin, May 24, 1862. (Received 6.35 p.m.)

Your telegram received at 5 o'clock this afternoon. Will move as ordered, and operate against the enemy in such way to afford prompt relief to General Banks.

J. C. FREMONT,

Major-General, Commanding.

His Excellency ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

May 24, 1862-7.15 p.m.

Major-General FREMONT,

Franklin, Va.:

Many thanks for the promptness with which you have answered that you will execute the order. Much-perhaps all-depends upon the celerity with which you can execute it. Put the utmost speed into it. Do not lose a minute.

A. LINCOLN.

HEADQUARTERS MOUNTAIN DEPARTMENT,

On the march, May 25, 1862.

Dispatch received. Our army will do the best to answer your expectations.

J. C. FREMONT,

Major-General, Commanding.

President LINCOLN.