1862: “We Have The Greater Numbers”


January 13, 1862

…I state my general idea of this war to be that we have the greater numbers, the enemy has the great facility of concentrating forces upon points of collision; that we must fail, unless we can find some way of making our advantage an over-match for his; and that this can only be done by menacing him with superior forces at different points, at the same time; so that we can safely attack, one, or both, if he makes no change; and if he weakens one to strengthen the other, forbear to attack the strengthened one, but seize, and hold the weakened one, gaining so much…

Lincoln to Don Carlos Buell, January 13, 1862 Continue reading