“Push the enemy now, and give him no rest until he is entirely destroyed”

I have just received a dispatch indicating that Gen. Thomas is in the process of winning a crushing victory against Hood.  I wrote him immediately.

WASHINGTON, D. C., December 15, 1864-11.30 p. m.

Major-General THOMAS,

Nashville, Tenn.:

I was just on my way to Nashville, but receiving a dispatch from Van Duzer, detailing your splendid success of to-day, I shall go no farther. Push the enemy now, and give him no rest until he is entirely destroyed. Your army will cheerfully suffer many privations to break up Hood’s army and render it useless for future operations. Do not stop for trains or supplies, but take them from the country, as the enemy have done. Much is now expected.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 13, p 124

O.R., I, xlv, part 2, p 195