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

To Nathaniel P. Banks [1]

Cipher Office U. S. Military Telegraph,
Maj Gen N P Banks War Department.
New York City Point 7 30 pm Apl 5th 1865

Yours of today just rec'd I have been so much occupied with other thoughts that I really have no directions to give you.

You may go at once and you and I will correspond, when desired by either A LINCOLN

Prest

Annotation

[1]   D, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 382. Banks telegraphed on April 5: ``You directed me to telegraph at Washington when I was ready to leave for New Orleans. I have been detained by the serious illness of my daughter and have waited a few days your return to the Capital I am ready and desire any directions you may have. The fall of Richmond & the destruction of the Rebel Army fill all hearts with inexpressible joy.'' (DLC-RTL).