TELEGRAMS TO SECRETARY STANTON, April 2, 1865 by Abraham Lincoln
TELEGRAMS TO SECRETARY STANTON. CITY POINT, VIRGINIA, April 2, 1865. 8.30
HON. E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:
Last night General Grant telegraphed that General Sheridan, with his cavalry and the Fifth Corps, had captured three brigades of infantry, a train of wagons, and several batteries; the prisoners amounting to several thousand.
This morning General Grant, having ordered an attack along the whole line, telegraphs as follows:
“Both Wright and Parke got through the enemy’s lines. The battle now rages furiously. General Sheridan, with his cavalry, the Fifth corps, and Miles’s Division of the Second Corps, which was sent to him this morning, is now sweeping down from the west.
“All now looks highly favorable. General Ord is engaged, but I have not yet heard the result in his front.”
CITY POINT, April 1. 11.00 A.M.
Despatches are frequently coming in. All is going on finely. Generals Parke, Wright, and Ord’s lines are extending from the Appomattox to Hatcher’s Run. They have all broken through the enemy’s intrenched lines, taking some forts, guns, and prisoners. Sheridan, with his own cavalry, the Fifth Corps, and part of the Second, is coming in from the west on the enemy’s flank. Wright is already tearing up the Southside Railroad.
CITY POINT, VIRGINIA, April 2. 2 P.M.
At 10.45 A.M. General Grant telegraphs as follows:
“Everything has been carried from the left of the Ninth Corps. The Sixth Corps alone captured more than three thousand prisoners. The Second and Twenty-fourth Corps captured forts, guns, and prisoners from the enemy, but I cannot tell the numbers. We are now closing around the works of the line immediately enveloping Petersburg. All looks remarkably well. I have not yet heard from Sheridan. His headquarters have been moved up to Banks’s house, near the Boydton road, about three miles southwest of Petersburg.”
CITY POINT, VIRGINIA, April 2. 8.30 P.M.
At 4.30 P.M. to-day General Grant telegraphs as follows:
“We are now up and have a continuous line of troops, and in a few hours will be intrenched from the Appomattox below Petersburg to the river above. The whole captures since the army started out will not amount to less than twelve thousand men, and probably fifty pieces of artillery. I do not know the number of men and guns accurately, however. A portion of Foster’s Division, Twenty Fourth Corps, made a most gallant charge this afternoon, and captured a very important fort from the enemy, with its entire garrison. All seems well with us, and everything is quiet just now.”