To George H. Thomas

                                             Office U.S. Military Telegraph,
Major General Thomas         War Department,
Nashville, Tenn.                    Washington, D.C., Dec. 16. 1864.

Please accept for yourself, officers, and men, the nation’s thanks for your good work of yesterday. You made a magnificent beginning. A grand consummation is within your easy reach. Do not let it slip. A. LINCOLN

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