“I wish you would have efforts made to arrest … particularly obnoxious political leaders in the State”

I received the following from Gen. Halleck,

RICHMOND, VA., May 4, 1865-1 p.m.

Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT:

General Meade has arrived here, and the Second and Fifth Corps will probably start from Manchester to-morrow. A squadron of cavalry sent to Lynchburg reports that city is held by about a thousand of Mosby’s guerrillas, and that parties are conscripting horses and arms in the country under orders of Governor Smith. I have directed Sheridan to send out a brigade of cavalry to capture them if possible, and bring them in. Wheaton’s division of Sixth Corps has been ordered from Danville back to Burkeville. I propose soon to issue an order that all armed men in Virginia who do not surrender by a certain date shall be held as outlaws and robbers.



I wrote back,

PHILADELPHIA, May 4, 1865-12 midnight.

Major-General HALLECK,

Richmond, Va.:

I gave General Hancock several days ago verbal instructions to treat all men in arms in Virginia as you propose to notify them you will do. I wish you would have efforts made to arrest Smith, Hunter, Letcher, and all other particularly obnoxious political leaders in the State. I would advise offering a reward of $5,000 for Mosby, if he is still in the State.



The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 15, p 6-7

O.R., I, xlvi, part 3, p 1081-2