WWLT: What Would Lincoln Tweet?
October 25, 1862
Five weeks after fighting Confederate general Robert E. Lee to a draw in the Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862, Union Major General George B. McClellan still sat with his Army of the Potomac near the battlefield.
Even though he had stopped Lee’s invasion of the North, McClellan had let the Confederates slip back into Virginia, much to Abraham Lincoln’s dismay. Lincoln, realizing that destruction of Lee’s army would bring an end to the Civil War, continually tried to prod McClellan into action.
On October 25, when McClellan requested fresh horses for his cavalry, Lincoln responded with a pointed rebuke that would fit quite nicely in a modern Tweet:
Will you pardon me for asking what the horses of your army have done since the battle of Antietam that fatigue anything? (120 characters)
A short, pithy rebuke.
Lincoln would soon fire McClellan for his inaction.