Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Office U.S. Military Telegraph,
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