So he is postponing any movement for weeks until a new permanent bridge can be built over the Potomac, assuming there is immediate appropriation. Doesnt seem like chomping at the bit to me.McClellan is chomping at the bit to turn Lee's right by moving his main body to Winchester, but won't do so unless the bridges can be built to enable the crossing and supply the force.
Can you cite the express forbidding? It is not in the Sept 26th message being talked about.Halleck expressly forbids the movement.
Sounds like another distortion of what was actually said.Lincoln makes the asinine suggestion that McClellan's army doesn't need supplies.
Here is the text of Halleck's order of the 14th regarding Leesburg: "Scouts report that the enemy is concentrating a large cavalry force near Leesburg, preparatory for another raid either into Maryland or on Washington. Their force is estimated at from 7,000 to 10,000. No time should be lost in breaking up this expedition or in defeating its object." It is not a preemptory order to occupy the line of the Potomac.The next day Halleck issues a peremptory order to occupy the line of the Potomac around Leesburg, and so McClellan detaches 9th Corps.