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Edwin M. Stanton to U. S. Grant

April 21, 1865
Edwin M. Stanton

The following is a letter from Edwin M. Stanton to U. S. Grant, April 21, 1865. In the letter Grant is ordered to instruct General Sherman to resume hostilities immediately.  This is following a April 18th peace agreement made between Sherman and Confederate General Joseph Johnston.

War Department, Washington City, April 21, 1865

Lieutenant-General Grant.

General:

The memorandum or basis agreed upon between General Sherman and General Johnston having been submitted to the President, they are disapproved.  You will give notice of the disapproval to General Sherman, and direct him to resume hostilities at the earliest moment.

The instructions given to you by the late President, Abraham Lincoln, on the 3d of March, by my telegraph of that date, addressed to you, express substantially the views of President Andrew Johnson, and will be observed by General Sherman.  A copy is herewith appended.

The President desires that you proceed immediately to the headquarters of Major-General Sherman, and direct operations against the enemy.

Yours truly,
Edwin M. Stanton,
Secretary of War.

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