America's Civil War
History 393
 Professor John C. Willis

Edwin M. Stanton
U. S. Grant



Office  United States Military Telegraph,
Headquarters  Armies of the United States
[3 March 1865]

Lieutenant-General Grant:

The President directs me to say to you that he wishes you to have no conference with General Lee, unless it be for the capitulation of Lee's army or on solely minor and purely military matters.

He instructs me to say that you are not to decide, discuss, or confer upon any political question;  such questions the President holds in his own hands, and will submit them to no military conferences or conventions.

Meantime you are to press to the utmost your military advantages.

Edwin M. Stanton,
Secretary of War.

SOURCE:  Reprinted in William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman, vol. 2 (New York, 1875), page 848.

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