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

To Edwin M. Stanton [1]

City Point, April 7, 1865---8.35 a.m.

Hon. Secretary of War: At 11.15 p.m. yesterday, at Burkeville Station, General Grant sends me the following from General Sheridan. A. LINCOLN.

April 6.

Lieutenant-General Grant: I have the honor to report that the enemy made a stand at the intersection of the Burke's Station road with the road upon which they were retreating. I attacked them with two divisions of the Sixth Army Corps and routed them handsomely, making a connection with the cavalry. I am still pressing on with both cavalry and infantry. Up to the present time we have captured Generals Ewell, Kershaw, Barton, Corse, DuBose, and Custis Lee, [2] several thousand prisoners, 14 pieces of artillery with caissons and a large number of wagons. If the thing is pressed I think Lee will surrender. P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.


[1]   OR, I, XLVI, III, 640 and 610; New York Tribune, April 8, 1865. As printed in the Official Records, Lincoln's telegram appears (p. 640) without Sheridan's telegram, but with a note referring to it as appearing earlier (p. 610). The New York Tribune prints the two as incorporated in a telegram from Stanton to John A. Dix of the same date.

Stanton replied to Lincoln's telegram at 1 P.M.: ``Accept my congratulations on the glorious news of this morning Mr. Seward continues to be doing as wellPage  390 as could be expected from the nature of his injuries. His spirits are good. Your news stimulates him better than anything the apothecary could give and his surgeons say he will soon be able to sit up'' (DLC-RTL).

[2]   The names of the Confederate generals are garbled in the sources and have been corrected by the editors from available information: Richard S. Ewell, Joseph B. Kershaw, Seth M. Barton, Montgomery D. Corse, Dudley M. DuBose, and G. W. Custis Lee, were the generals captured.