The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 7: 1863– 1865

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Author: Abraham Lincoln

Telegram to General B. P. Butler. (Cipher.) Washington, D. C., May 18, 1864.

MAJOR-GENERAL BUTLER, Bermuda Hundred, Va.:

Until receiving your dispatch of yesterday, the idea of commissions in the volunteers expiring at the end of three years had not occurred to me. I think no trouble will come of it; and, at all events, I shall take care of it so far as in me lies. As to the majorgeneralships in the regular army, I think I shall not dispose of another, at least until the combined operations now in progress, under direction of General Grant, and within which yourself and command are included, shall be terminated. Meanwhile, on behalf of yourself, officers, and men, please accept my hearty thanks for what you and they have so far done.

A. LINCOLN.

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Chicago: Abraham Lincoln, "Telegram to General B. P. Butler. (Cipher.) Washington, D. C., May 18, 1864.," The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 7: 1863– 1865, ed. Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937 in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 7: 1863–1865 Original Sources, accessed April 21, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DC2S97WKTB1CEXE.

MLA: Lincoln, Abraham. "Telegram to General B. P. Butler. (Cipher.) Washington, D. C., May 18, 1864." The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 7: 1863– 1865, edited by Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937, in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 7: 1863–1865, Original Sources. 21 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DC2S97WKTB1CEXE.

Harvard: Lincoln, A, 'Telegram to General B. P. Butler. (Cipher.) Washington, D. C., May 18, 1864.' in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 7: 1863– 1865, ed. . cited in , The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 7: 1863–1865. Original Sources, retrieved 21 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DC2S97WKTB1CEXE.