Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Andrew G. Curtin [1]

Cypher Office U.S. Military Telegraph,
Gov. A. G. Curtin War Department,
Harrisburg, Pa. Washington, D.C., Oct. 17 1864.

Your information is erroneous. No part of Sheridan's force has left him, except by expiration of terms of service. I think there is not much danger of a raid into Pennsylvania. A. LINCOLN

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[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 207. On October 17, Governor Curtin telegraphed Lincoln: ``I have information . . . that the enemy has arranged for a raid into Pennsylvania about the end of this month. Part of my information is, that Sheridan's force has been reduced to 25,000, and that the Sixth and Nineteenth Corps are under orders to join General Grant. . . . I have little doubt a serious threat, much more a raid into Pennsylvania in this month, would be followed by serious disaster. . . . Will you please to telegraph me to-day on the subject. . . . In the meantime, if my information is at all correct, vigorous measures should at once be taken. . . .'' (OR, I, XLIII, II, 392-93).