To Edwin M. Stanton
April 2, 2015 Leave a comment
Secretary of War: April 2, 1865—8.30 p.m.
At 4.30 p.m. to-day General Grant telegraphed as follows:
We are now up, and have a continuous line of troops, and in a few hours will be intrenched from the Appomattox, below Petersburg, to the river above. [Henry] Heth’s and [Cadmus M.] Wilcox’s divisions—such part of them as were not captured—were cut off from town, either designedly on their part or because they could not help it. Sheridan, with the cavalry and Fifth Corps, is above them. Miles’ division, Second Corps, was sent from the White Oak road to Sullivan [Sutherland’s] Station, on the South Side Railroad, where he met them, and at last accounts was engaged with them. Not knowing whether Sheridan would get up in time Humphreys was sent with another division from here.
The whole captures since the army started out will not amount to less than 12,000 men, and probably 50 pieces of artillery. I do not know the number of men and guns accurately, however. A portion of [Robert S.] Foster’s division, Twenty-fourth Corps, made a most gallant charge this afternoon, and captured a very important fort from the enemy, with its entire garrison. All seems well with us, and everything quiet just now. A. LINCOLN.