Lincoln says, keep fighting!
On February 1, 1865, President Lincoln sent this telegram to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at City Point, Virginia. It encouraged Grant to continue fighting vigorously. Lincoln was about to meet with a Confederate peace delegation at Fort Monroe, Virginia, but he did not want the ongoing peace negotiations to prevent Grant from conducting offensive operations if the situation warranted.
National Archives, Records of the Office of the Secretary of War
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