ALS, DLC; LS copy, DLC-Stanton Papers. The signed copy in the Stanton Papers is in John Hay's handwriting and is endorsed by Lincoln at the top of the first page ``(Original sent by Gen. Logan).'' General Sherman's despatch to Lincoln from Savannah, Georgia, via Fort Monroe, Virginia, December 22, 1864, was received on December 25: ``I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah with 150 heavy guns & plenty of ammunition & also about 25000 bales of cotton.'' (DLC-RTL).
Sherman replied on January 6, 1865: ``I am gratified at the receipt of your letter of Dec 26, at the hand of General Logan. Especially to observe that you appreciate the division I made of my army, and that each part was duly proportioned to its work. The motto, `Nothing ventured Nothing won' which you refer to is most appropriate, and should I venture too much and happen to lose I shall bespeak your charitable influence. I am ready for the Great Next as soon as I can complete certain preliminaries, and learn of Genl Grant his and your preference of intermediate `objectives.' '' (DLC-RTL).