May 2d 1864 10 30 P M
MAJ GEN H W HALLECK
CHF OF STAFF
The Twenty Second ( 22d) New York cavalry were dismounted at my suggestion that the horses were worth more to mount Veteran Cavalry who have no horses than men and horses together are A new regiment will be worth something on foot but less than their forage on horseback I did not give a preemptory order for dismounting the regiment however
U S GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 329. On May 2, 1864, 2:30 P. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck had telegraphed to USG. "Have you given any orders direct to Genl Burnside to dismount the 22d N. Y. cavalry? There seems to be some misunderstanding." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 329. See telegram to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, April 30, 1864.
Culpeper C. H. Va. May 2d 1864.
MAJ GEN A. E. BURNSIDE
COMD'G 9TH A. C.
The movement of this Army will commence at 12 oclock to morrow night. The attempt will be made to turn the right flank of the enemy; that is to cross the Rapidann, East or below the rail‐ road. Ely's Ford, Germania Ford & Culpeper Mine Ford will be the crossing places. At Ely's Ford a Pontoon train will be left for your use. You will send a suitable guard to take charge of this bridge and crossing by the morning of the 5th.
So soon as the crossing of Meades Army is perfectly assured,