Dispatch from Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, April 7, 1865

Lincoln’s Final Dispatch

When Lincoln heard from General Philip H. Sheridan that the end was near, he sent Ulysses S. Grant a brief directive: “Gen. Sheridan says ‘If the thing is pressed, I think Lee will surrender. Let the thing be pressed.” Two days later, on the morning of April 9, 1865, Sheridan surrounded Robert E. Lee’s remaining forces near the small town of Appomattox Courthouse; later that same day, Lee formally surrendered to Grant, thus ending the American Civil War.