“I am taking steps to prevent Lee sending re-enforcement to Early by attacking him here”

I received a telegram from President Lincoln expressing concern about a renewed rebel push up the Shenandoah Valley.

WASHINGTON, D. C., September 29, 1864-9.40 a.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

City Point, Va.:

I hope it will lay no constraint on you, nor do harm anyway, for me to say I am a little afraid lest Lee sends re-enforcements to Early, and thus enables him to turn upon Sheridan.

A. LINCOLN.

The attack we are currently making should put an end to any chance of Lee weakening his position in Petersburg.  I wrote back,

DEEP BOTTOM, September 29, 1864-1.40 p.m.

President A. LINCOLN:

Your dispatch just received. I am taking steps to prevent Lee sending re-enforcement to Early by attacking him here. Our advance is now within six miles of Richmond and have captured some very strong inclosed forts, some fifteen or more pieces of artillery and several hundred prisoners. Although I have been at the front, I can give no estimate of our losses. About 600 wounded men, however, have been brought in.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 12, p 228-9

O.R., I, xlii, part 2, p 1090-1