“They are of such importance that I think immediate action should be taken on them”

The agreement between Sherman and Johnston goes well beyond the terms agreed between Gen. Lee and myself.  They touch on civil matters that exceed Gen. Sherman’s authority.  I forwarded the agreement to Sec. Stanton immediately,

WASHINGTON, April 21, 1865.

Hon E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

I have received and just completed reading the dispatches borough by special messenger from General Sherman. They are of such importance that I think immediate action should be taken on them and that it should be done by the President in council with his whole cabinet. I would respectfully suggest whether the President should not be notified and all his cabinet, and the meeting take place to-night.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 14, p 423

O.R., I, xlvii, part 3, p 263

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