Three weeks after Union General George McClellan's "technical" victory at Antietam, General James Longstreet informs slavery advocate and former Texas senator Louis T. Wigfall of the Union's reluctance to cross the Potomac River in pursuit of Robert E. Lee's forces.


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HdQrs near Winchester
Oct 9th 1862

My dear General

Your favor of the 26th ult was duly recd. Your son arrived safely and is now with the reserve Artillery of my Corps. It will give me great pleasure to do and act for him as I would my own. I am obliged to you for your kind offices.

We have nothing of interest this evening. He is still on the otherside of the Potomac, and has shown no particular desire to cross. His forces are said to have increased greatly though most if not all of his re-enforcements must be fresh. We shall soon consume all that this valley affords when we must move, either forward or back - With kind expressions for your family I remain - with much respect and esteem Your Friend & Servt J Longstreet