Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Ulysses S. Grant [1]

``Cypher'' Office U.S. Military Telegraph,
Lieut. Genl. Grant War Department,
City-Point, Va. Washington, D.C., Feb. 25 1865

Gen. Sheridan's despatch to you of to-day, in which he says he ``will be off on Monday'' and that he ``will leave behind about two thousand men'' causes the Secretary of War and myself considerable anxiety. Have you well considered whether you do not again leave open the Shenandoah-valley entrance to Maryland and Pennsylvania?---or, at least, to the B & O. Railroad?

A. LINCOLN.

Annotation

[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 357. Sheridan telegraphed Grant on February 25: ``I could not get off to-day . . . but will be off on Monday. The cavalry officers say the cavalry never was in such good condition. I will leave behind about 2,000 men, which will increase to 3,000 in a short time.'' (OR, I, XLVI, II, 701).

Grant replied to Lincoln's telegram on February 26:

Page  317``Two thousand cavalry and that to be increased to three thousand, besides all his Infantry is what Genl. Sheridan means.

``His movement is in the direction of the enemy & the tendency will be to protect the B. & O. road and to prevent an attempt to invade Maryland and Penna.'' (DLC-RTL).

Sheridan reported to Stanton on February 26: ``There is on the Baltimore and Ohio . . . not including Harper's Ferry, between 12,000 and 14,000 men. . . . There will be in the Shenandoah Valley, after I leave . . . not less than 2,000 men . . . increased by men at Remount Camp; then there will be the division . . . at Winchester. . . . This seems to me to be ample for the defense of this frontier. . . .'' (OR, I, XLVI, II, 711-12).

See further, Lincoln to Grant, February 27, infra.