To Joseph Hooker

                                                  Executive Mansion,
Major General Hooker.      Washington, May 8. 1863.

The news is here, of the capture, by our forces of Grand Gulf—a large & very important thing. Gen. Willich, an exchanged prisoner, just from Richmond, has talked with me this morning. He was there when our cavalry cut the roads in that vicinity. He says there was not a sound pair legs in Richmond, and that our men, had they known it, could have safely gone in and burnt every thing & brought us Jeff. Davis. We captured and parold three or four hundred men. He says, as he came to City point, there was an army three miles long (Longstreet’s he thought) moving towards Richmond. Milroy has captured a despatch of Gen. Lee, in which he says his loss was fearful, in his late battle with you.. A. LINCOLN

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