Digging through a box bequeathed to me from my great-great grandmother, I was astounded to find this original document. Boy, does THIS change the ballgame!
Washington City, D.C.
Oct. 24. 1862
Majr. Genl. McClellan
I have just read your dispatch
about sore tongued and fatigued horses.
Will you pardon me for asking what the
horses of your army have done since the
battle of Antietam that fatigued anything?
BFF 4 Life,
(Original, unaltered document from: Holzer, Harold and Joshua Wolf Shenk, eds. "Two Telegrams to Gen. George B. McClellan, May 1, 1862 and October 24, 1862." In Lincoln's Hand: His Original Manuscripts with Commentary by Distinguished Americans. New York: Bantam Dell, 2009.)