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

To Ulysses S. Grant [1]

Cipher Executive Mansion,
Lieut. Gen. Grant Washington,
City-Point, Va. March 23, 1865

We start to you at One P.M. to-day. May lie over during the dark hours of the night. Very small party of us. A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 381. ``Cipher'' is in the handwriting of the telegrapher. See Lincoln's telegrams to Grant, March 20, and to Robert T. Lincoln, March 21, supra. Lincoln was accompanied by Mrs. Lincoln and her maid, his son ``Tad,'' the bodyguard William H. Crook, and Captain Charles B. Penrose who had been detailed by Stanton to accompany the president. The party were on the River Queen, accompanied by the Bat, the latterPage  373

having been intended as Lincoln's conveyance until it was learned that Mrs. Lincoln intended to accompany him.

Stanton telegraphed Lincoln on March 23: ``I reached the Arsenal with Mrs. Stanton to see you depart a few minutes after you had got under way. I hope you have reached Point Lookout safely not-withstanding the furious gale that came on soon after you started. . . . No news from any Quarter has come in today. . . . Please let me hear from you at Point Lookout and how you and Mrs. Lincoln stand the voyage'' (DLC-RTL).

Upon arrival at City Point, Captain Penrose telegraphed Stanton (received 12:30 P.M. on March 24): ``The President desires me to say he has just arrived at this point safely, and is now feeling well, having had a pretty fair passage. Your telegram he received'' (OR, I, XLVI, III, 96).