Sheridan: “I wish you were here yourself.”

A horseman in full Confederate uniform has just ridden into camp.  In the act of being taken prisoner, my aide Horace Porter recognized him as one of our scouts.  He carried the following message from Sheridan,

CAVALRY HEADQUARTERS

Near Jetersville, April 5, 1865-3 p.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

Commanding Armies of the United States:

GENERAL: I send you the inclosed letter, which will give you an idea of the condition of the enemy and their whereabouts. I sent General Davies’ brigade this morning around on my left flank. He captured at Paine’s Cross-Roads 5 pieces of artillery, about 200 wagons, and 8 or 9 battle-flags, and a number of prisoners. The Second Army Corps is now coming up. I wish you were here yourself. I feel confident of capturing the Army of Northern Virginia if we exert ourselves. I see no escape for Lee. I will put all my cavalry out on our left flank except Mackenzie, who is now on the right.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 14, p 348

O.R., I, xlvi, part 3, p 582

Campaigning with Grant, Horace Porter, p 454

Ulysses S Grant: Triumph over Adversity, Brooks Simpson, p 427