To George H. Thomas 
Major General Thomas War Department,
Nashville, Tenn. Washington, D.C., Dec. 16. 1864.
Please accept for yourself, officers, and men, the nation's thanks for your good work of yesterday. You made a magnificent beginning. A grand consummation is within your easy reach. Do not let it slip. A. LINCOLN
 ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 261. On December 15, General Thomas telegraphed General Halleck from Nashville: ``I attacked the enemy's left this morning and drove it from the river, below the city, very nearly to the Franklin pike, a distance about eight miles. Have captured General [James R.] Chalmers' headquarters and train, and a second train of about 20 wagons, with between 800 and 1,000 prisoners and 16 pieces of artillery. The troops behaved splendidly. . . . I shall attack the enemy again to-morrow, if he stands to fight, and, if he retreats during the night, will pursue him, throwing a heavy cavalry force in his rear, to destroy his trains, if possible.'' (OR, I, XLV, II, 194).