George McClellan at Alexandria, Virginia: "What news from the/front?" 1 page, oblong small 8vo; 2 folds; at bottom, transmission marking and ink blot; ink dark and writing bold. (Washington), 27 August 1862, 4PM McClellan had commanded Division of the Potomac from July 1861, and had been commissioned as general-in-chief in November 1861. From March to August 1862, he directed Peninsula campaign to the Battle of Antietam. Subsequently, Washington was displeased with his delay at Warrenton where he waited for needed supplies. Lincoln sent urgent orders to move on. On 7 November 1862, Lincoln removed McClellan and replaced him with Burnside who declined. This telegram dates from period when Lincoln became impatient. Lightly tipped to red mount. Historic telegram, published in Basler.