May 24 Telegram to Gen. Winfield Scott

To Gen. Winfield Scott

Morris Ind

Will do what you want. Make it a clean sweep if you say so. Answer Cincinnati.

G.B. McClellan

In Reply to:

Washington, May 24, 1861.

General McCLELLAN, U. S. A., Cincinnati, Ohio:

We have certain intelligence that at least two companies of Virginia troops have reached Grafton, evidently with the purpose of overawing the friends of the Union in Western Virginia. Can you counteract the influence of that detachment? Act promptly, and Major Oakes, at Wheeling, may give you valuable assistance.



The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Series I, Vol. II. With additions and corrections. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1902.

Sears, Stephen W., ed. The Civil War Papers of George B. McClellan: Selected Correspondence, 1860-1865. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1989.