Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 7.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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To Ulysses S. Grant [1]

``Cypher''
Lieut. Gen. Grant Executive Mansion,
City Point, Va. Washington, August 17. 1864.

I have seen your despatch expressing your unwillingness to break your hold where you are. Neither am I willing. Hold on with a bull-dog gripe, and chew & choke, as much as possible.

A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 133. On August 15 Grant telegraphed Halleck: ``If there is any danger of an uprising in the North to resist the draft or for any other purpose our loyal Governor's ought to organize the militia at once to resist it. If we are to draw troops from the field to keep the loyal States in harness it will prove difficult to suppress the rebellion in the disloyal States. My withdrawal now from the James River would insure the defeat of Sherman. Twenty thousand men sent to him at this time would destroy the greater part of Hood's army, and leave us men wherever required. General Heintzelman can get from the Governors of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois a militia organization that will deter the discontented from committing any over act. I hope the President will call on Governors of States to organize thoroughly to preserve the peace until after the election. . . .'' (OR, I, XLII, II, 193-94).