Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lincoln Issues Another War Order

Lincoln's General War Order four days ago did not have its intended effect – to prod McClellan into action. So 150 years ago today he issued Special War Order No. 1, which was aimed directly at McClellan.
Ordered, That all the disposable force of the Army of the Potomac, after providing safely for the defense of Washington, be formed into an expedition for the immediate object of seizing and occupying a point upon the railroad southwestward of what is known as Manassas Junction; all details to be in the discretion of the General in Chief, and the expedition to move before or on the 22d day of February next.


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