mplete this work, so gloriously prosecuted thus far, by the literal or substantial destruction of Lee's Army the rebellion will be over.
Yours truly A. Lincoln.
Halleck to Meade: July 7, 8.4seen your despatches to Gen. Couch of 4.30 P. M. You are perfectly right.
Push forward and fight Lee before he can cross the Potomac.
July 8, 12.30 P. M. Halleck to Meade:
There is reliable ihave been crossing for the last two days. It is also reported that they have a bridge across.
If Lee's Army is divided by the river the importance of attacking the part on this side is incalculable—r rather they retired on being pressed, towards Hagerstown.
I am still under the impression that Lee's whole force is between Hagerstown and Williamsport, with an advance at Middleburg, on the road nformation for what it is worth.
July 9, 1863, 3 P. M. Halleck to Meade:
The evidence that Lee's army will fight north of the Potomac seems reliable.
In that case you will want all your force