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

To Edwin M. Stanton [1]

Head Quarters Armies of the United States,
Hon. Sec. of War. City-Point,
Washington, D.C. April 4. 7/30 A.M. 1865

Weitzel telegraphs from Richmond that of Railroad stock, he found there twenty-eight (28) Locomotives, forty-four passenger & baggage cars, and two hundred and six freight cars. [2] At 3/20 this morning Grant, from Southerland station, ten miles from Petersburg towards Burkesvile, telegraphs as follows, towit: [3]


``General Sheridan picked up 1,200 prisoners to-day and from 300 to 500 more have been gathered by other troops. The majority of the arms that were left in the hands of the remnant of Lee's army are now scattered between Richmond and where his troops are. The country is also full of stragglers, the line of retreat marked with artillery, ammunition, burned or charred wagons, caissons, ambulances, &c''


[1]   ALS, IHi; OR, I, XLVI, III, 544. The portion of this telegram quoted from Grant is missing from the original manuscript.

[2]   Godfrey Weitzel to Grant, April 3 (OR, I, XLVI, III, 534).

[3]   Grant's telegram has not been found. As printed in the Official Records, Lincoln's telegram reads ``at 3:30 this evening'' instead of ``at 3/20 this morning,'' and an explanatory note opines that it was ``probably written before midnight of April 3.'' In view of Lincoln's autograph telegram, the Official Records mustPage  386

be in error as to the time. Supporting the correctness of Lincoln's autograph telegram is the fact that Sheridan's telegram to Grant, to which Grant referred, was sent at 4:10 P.M on April 3 (OR, I, XLVI, III, 529).