To Ulysses S. Grant

Cypher.                           Office U. S. Military Telegraph,
Lieut. Genl. Grant        War Department,
City-Point, Va.              Washington, D. C., August 3, 1864.

I have seen your despatch in which you say “I want Sheridan put in command of all the troops in the field, with instructions to put himself South of the enemy, and follow him to the death. Wherever the enemy goes, let our troops go also.” This, I think, is exactly right, as to how our forces should move. But please look over the despatches you may have receved from here, even since you made that order, and discover, if you can, that there is any idea in the head of any one here, of “putting our army South of the enemy” or of following him to the death in any direction. I repeat to you it will neither be done nor attempted unless you watch it every day, and hour, and force it. A. LINCOLN

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