To Ulysses S. Grant

                               United States Military Telegraph,
Lieut. Gen.           Grant War Department.
City Point, Va.     July 17. 11/25. AM. 1864

In your despatch of yesterday to Gen. Sherman, I find the following, towit: “I shall make a desparate effort to get a position here which will hold the enemy without the necessity of so many men.”

Pressed as we are by lapse of time, I am glad to hear you say this; and yet I do hope you may find a way that the effort shall not be desparate in the sense of great loss of life. A. LINCOLN

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