The President has given me instructions on how to handle the European forces in Mexico. I passed them along to Gen. Sheridan.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 1865.
Get Your troops on the Rio Grande in readiness for active service should the emergency arise. Caution them, however, against provoking hostilities. Demand the return of all public property carried to the south side of the Rio Grande since Kirby Smith’s surrender, and report the reply received.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 15, p 235-6
O.R., I, xlviii, part 2, p 1035