The following telegrams were sent to General McClellan, May 25th, by President Lincoln:
The enemy is moving north in sufficient force to drive Banks before him, in precisely what force we cannot tell.
He is also threatening Leesburg and Geary, on the Manassas Gap railroad, from both north and south, in precisely what force we cannot tell.
I think the movement is a general and concerted one, such as could not be if he was acting upon the purpose of a very desperate defence of Richmond
Banks ran a race with them, beating them into Winchester yesterday evening.
This morning a battle ensued between the two forces, in which Banks was beaten back into full retreat towards Martinsburg, and probably is broken up into a total rout.
Geary, on the Manassas Gp railroad, just now reports that Jackson is now near Front Royal with ten thousand, following up and supporting, as I understand, the force now pursuing Banks; also that another force of ten thousand is near Orleans, following