I received a response from Sec. Stanton,
Washington City, April 21, 1865.
GENERAL: The memorandum or basis agreed upon between General Sherman and General Johnston having been submitted to the President, they are disapproved. You will give notice of the disapproval to General Sherman and direct him to resume hostilities at the earliest moment. The instructions given to you by the late President Abraham Lincoln on the 3rd of March by my telegraph of that date, addressed to you, express substantially the views of President Andrew Johnson and will be observed by General Sherman. A copy is herewith appended. The President desires that you proceed immediately to the headquarters of General Sherman and direct operations against the enemy.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 14, p 423-4
O.R., I, xlvii, part 3, p 263