HdQrs Dept Northn Va

 May 27th 1862




I congratulate you upon new victories - & new titles to the thanks of the country & of the Army.

If  you can threaten Baltimore & Washington do so- It may produce an important diversion.

M=Clellan is near - & M=Dowell reported advancing from Fredericksburg.

Your movements depend, of course, upon the enemy=s strength remaining in your neighborhood- Upon that depends the practicability of your advancing to the Potomac - & even crossing it.  I know of no hostile force to prevent either.


Most respectfully

  Your obt sevt


J. E. Johnston



Time would be gained & saved by addressing me always; instead of the government.

J. E. J.


Major General Jackson