“Every effort should now be made to induce all armed bands of men … to come in and surrender”

I wrote Gen. Thomas,

WASHINGTON, D. C., April 30, 1865-1 p.m.

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS,

Commanding Department of the Cumberland:

Every effort should now be made to induce all armed bands of men in Tennessee, Alabama, and every where in each of your commands to come in and surrender their arms on the terms made by Lee and Johnston. Send out under flag of truce a summons to all bands you know of and report here the course you pursue. Make every effort to obtain intelligence of Jeff. Davis’ movements in the South, and spare no pains in setting an expedition on foot to catch him if he should be heard from.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General, U. S. Army.

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 14, p 441

O.R., I, xlix, part 2, p 522

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