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

To William H. Seward [1]

Head Quarters Armies of the United States,
Hon. W. H. Seward City-Point,
Fort-Monroe, Va. April 1. 5/30 [P.M.] 1865

Despatch just received, showing that Sheridan, aided by Warren, had at 2. P.M. pushed the enemy back so as to retake the five forks, and bring his own Head Quarters up to J. Boissau's. The five forks were barricaded by the enemy, and carried by Devin's [2] Division of Cavalry. This part of the enemy seem to now be trying to work along the White Oak Road, to join the main force in front of Grant, while Sheridan & Warren are pressing them as closely as possible.



[1]   ALS, The Rosenbach Company, Philadelphia and New York. See footnote, Lincoln to Grant, supra. As printed in OR, I, XLVI, III, 392, this telegram is followed by a parenthesis: ``(Same to Hon. Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War.).'' Seward probably forwarded the copy to Stanton, for Lincoln's telegram to Stanton of this date refers to receiving ``two dispatches from Gen. Grant since my last to you,'' which would probably refer to Lincoln's telegram of 8:30 P.M.Page  381

March 31, supra, and the telegrams from Grant received on April 1 at 9:15 and 11:24 A.M. See Lincoln to Grant, 5:45 P.M., supra.

[2]   Brigadier General Thomas C. Devin.