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dministration impatient to push forward operations in Virginia.
At the urgent representation of General McClellan, President Lincoln had yielded his favorite plan of campaign — an advance against the Confederate lines at Manassas — and had reluctan lower Valley by Banks, relieved General McClellan of all fears in that direction, and induced him, in pursuance of President Lincoln's requirement that Manassas Junction and the approaches to, Washington from that direction be securely held, to sen over 70,000 men
McClellan's report. for the defence of Washington and its approaches, and yet, after Kernstown, President Lincoln felt so insecure, that on April 3d he countermanded the order for the embarkation of McDowell's corps, and detainederate push on Harper's Ferry, and we are trying to throw Fremont's force and part of McDowell's in their rear.
Signed, A. Lincoln.
Next day the news from Banks seem to have greatly increased the excitement in Washington.
The following telegrams