The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 6: 1862– 1863

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Author: Abraham Lincoln

Telegram to Governor Curtin. War Department, Washington D.C., September 12, 1862 10.35 Am

HON. ANDREW G. CURTIN, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania:

Your despatch asking for 80,000 disciplined troops to be sent to Pennsylvania is received. Please consider we have not to exceed 80,000 disciplined troops, properly so called, this side of the mountains; and most of them, with many of the new regiments, are now close in the rear of the enemy supposed to be invading Pennsylvania. Start half of them to Harrisburg, and the enemy will turn upon and beat the remaining half, and then reach Harrisburg before the part going there, and beat it too when it comes. The best possible security for Pennsylvania is putting the strongest force possible in rear of the enemy.

A. LINCOLN.

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Chicago: Abraham Lincoln, "Telegram to Governor Curtin. War Department, Washington D.C., September 12, 1862 10.35 Am," The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 6: 1862– 1863, ed. Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937 in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 6: 1862–1863 Original Sources, accessed January 30, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=94YZZ7KDJJJY1R6.

MLA: Lincoln, Abraham. "Telegram to Governor Curtin. War Department, Washington D.C., September 12, 1862 10.35 Am." The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 6: 1862– 1863, edited by Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937, in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 6: 1862–1863, Original Sources. 30 Jan. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=94YZZ7KDJJJY1R6.

Harvard: Lincoln, A, 'Telegram to Governor Curtin. War Department, Washington D.C., September 12, 1862 10.35 Am' in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 6: 1862– 1863, ed. . cited in , The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 6: 1862–1863. Original Sources, retrieved 30 January 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=94YZZ7KDJJJY1R6.