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

To Edwin M. Stanton [2]

Hon. Sec. of War. Meade's Hd. Qrs.
Washington D C. March 25. 1/25. 1865

I am here within five miles of the scene of this morning's action. I have nothing to add to what Gen. Meade reports, except that I have seen the prisoners myself and they look like there might be the number he states---1600. A LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, CtY-Webb Papers. Stanton replied to Lincoln's telegram at 8:30 P.M.

``Your telegram and Genl. parkes report of the `Scrimmage' this morning are received. The rebel rooster looks a little the worse as he could not hold the fence.

``We have nothing new here; now you are away everything is quiet and the tormentors vanished. I hope you will remember Gen. Harrison's advice to his men at Tippecanoe, that they `can see as well a little further off.' '' (DLC-RTL).

General John G. Parke's telegram is as follows: ``The enemy attacked my front this morning at about 4.30 with three divisions under command of General [John B.] Gordon. By a sudden rush they seized the line . . . to the right of Fort Stedman, wheeled, and . . . took possession of the fort. . . . Our troops on either flank stood firm . . . the enemy were driven out of the fort, with the loss of a number of prisoners, estimated at about 1,600. . . .'' (OR, I, XLVI, III, 109).