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WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington City, April 5, 1865-2. 50 p. m.

Major-General ANDERSON, New York:

I have directed the sailing of the Arago to be postponed until Saturday, the 8th, at noon, so that, if possible to leave here, I may join you at Fortress Monroe. The absence of the President and Attorney-General and Assistant Secretary of War, and the severe injuries disabling Mr. Seward, absolutely prevent my leaving here to-morrow.

EDWIN M. STANTON.

(Same to Mr. Beecher and General Dix.)

BURKEVILLE, April 6, 1865.

Colonel T. B. BOWERS, City Point:

Please have the following dispatch put in cipher and ask Admiral Porter to send it to Morehead City:

BURKEVILLE, April 6, 1865.

Major-General SHERMAN, Goldsborough, N. C.:

We have Lee's army pressed hard, his men scattering and going to their homesby the thousands. He is endeavoring to reach Danville, where Davis and his cabinet have gone. I shall press the pursuit to the end. Push Johnston at the same time and let us firnish up this job all at once.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Goldsborough, N. C., April 6, 1865.

Lieutenant-General GRANT, Richmond, Va.:

I have just heard of the occupation of Richmond and Petersburg. I expect orders from you, but in the absnece of any I will hold on to Goldsborough and the two railroads and move on Raleigh. I think Johnston still remains about Smithfield. I will strike him anyhow, moving out on the 10th. In the meantime will expect orders via New Berne from you, as I don't know the line of Lee's retreat.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

NEW BERNE, N. C., April 6, 1865.

Major L. D. DAYTON:

Please send a telegraphic order to return to headquarters. The news of the capture of Richmond and Petersburg appears to be authentic.

T. G. BAYLOR,

Bvt. Lieutenant Colonel and Chief of Ordnance, Mil. Div. of the Miss.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Goldsborough, N. C., April 6, 1865.

General L. C. EASTON, Chief Quartermaster:

GENERAL: General Sherman desires that you use the railroad from Wilmington, New Berne, and Morehead City to its utmost capacity in bringing forward troops destinated for this army, giving preference to detachments farthest off.

I am, general, with respect,

L. M. DAYTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.