May 3rd 1864. 12.30 P. M
MAJ GEN H. W. HALLECK
CHIEF OF STAFF.
This Army moves tomorrow morning. Will occupy Germanna, Ely's & Culpepper Ford by daylight the morning of the 4th. I will have to leave affairs West entirely with you. Gen Banks now proposes to keep Smith's force altogether so as to give him sufficient strength to operate against Mobile. It is now too late for Smith's force to return to be of any use in the Spring Campaign but I dothink it is a waste of strength to trust Gen Banks with a large command or an important expedition
U S. GRANT Lt. Genl
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxiv, part 3, 408-9; (incomplete) ibid., I, xxxvi, part 2, 351.
Culpeper May. 3d 1864.
MAJ GEN BURNSIDE,
The number of wagons you now have is all that can be supplied. If they are insufficient for what you have to take, send back your surplus in the morning. It is not designed to haul anything but, rations, forage, Ordnance and Medical Stores.
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 363. On May 3, 1864, 1:30 P. M., Brig. Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs had telegraphed to USG. "Burnside has recd over six hundred wagons 7 ormedical