Friday, January 15, 2010

Lincoln Tells Them Off

Time: Civil War
Place: White House, Washington, DC
Subject: Cables from the White House

To Governor John A. Andrew

Please say to these gentlemen that if they do not work quickly I will make quick work with them. In the name of all that is reasonable, how long does it take to pay a couple of regiments?
A. Lincoln

To General Daniel Tyler
If you are besieged how do you dispatch me? Why do you not leave before being besieged?
A. Lincoln

To Hon. J.K. Dubois, Hon O.M. Hatch
What nation do you desire General Allen to be made quarter-master general of? This nation already has a quarter-master general.
A. Lincoln

To Major General 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 fatigues anything?
A. Lincoln