Washington, Nov. 26, 1863.
MY DEAR NICOLAY:
The newspapers of this morning have told you all you want to know, and so I send you no telegram. The news is glorious. Nature was against us, but we won in her spite. Had not the rapid current and drift swept away Hooker’s pontoons, he would have utterly destroyed them.
Grant will immediately send a column to relieve Burnside, and if possible destroy Longstreet.
The President is sick in bed. Bilious.
SOURCES: Clara B. Hay, Letters of John Hay and Extracts from Diary, Volume 1, p. 129-30; For the whole diary entry see Tyler Dennett, Editor, Lincoln and the Civil War in the Diaries and letters of John Hay, p. 127-8.