Learning Lincoln On-line
FROM-- SET THREE, CIVIL WAR STUDIES
General U.S. Grant Learning Activity-- Order #8-- A Telegraph Message from the President to General Grant, August 17, 1864
ORDER #8-- A TELEGRAPH MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT LINCOLN TO GENERAL GRANT AUGUST 17, 1864
The President had read a message from Grant to Chief-of-Staff Halleck concerning how the draft riots of 1864 might deplete the force at the front and thus affect his operations, Lincoln intervened directly.
“Hold on with a bull-dog grip, and chew and choke, as much as possible” he wired Grant.
What was Grant's response to Lincoln's order?
The message was as effective as walking into Grant’s headquarters, sizing up the general’s state of mind, and responding through conversation.
As Grant put down the president’s telegram, he laughed out loud and exclaimed to those around him, “The President has more nerve than any of his advisers.”
Grant received this message as a charge of full authority to make the war effort successful. The President had put his complete trust and faith upon General U.S. Grant.