General Winfield Scott:
[Cincinnati, June 19, 1861]
If you will order Patterson to send a strong column on Cumberland and thence on Romney, we will cut off the whole rebel force that now threatens Piedmont, Grafton, and Cumberland. I shall move from Parkersburg some time to-morrow, fight everything I meet, take Beverly as my point of direction, and trust to you carrying out my suggestion for catching the whole rebel crew. After completing this I propose to clear out the Kanawha.
GEO. B. McClellan,
Major-General, U.S. Army
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.