God’s sake, send this man some shoes! Send him horses, send him tents,
send him as many men as can be found. Put an end to these eternal excuses
before the nation is lost for the lack of shoes!”
had never heard the President yell before, and his right hand went immediately
to his beard, which he tugged like it had never been tugged before.
He wanted to remind the President that a million boots and a trillion
horses would probably not be enough for the traitor McClellan. He wanted
to remind the President of the reports that the Confederate army routinely
marched without shoes and slept without tents but he lost his nerve
and his audience at the same time as Lincoln bolted out of the telegraph
office and back to the Executive Mansion.
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