The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: January 1 - May 31, 1864 - Vol. 10

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To Maj. Gen. George G. Meade

Germanna Ford, May 5th/64

GEN. MEADE

Your note giving movement of enemy and your [dispositions rec'd.

Burnsides advance is now crossing the river. I will have Ricket's 1 Div. relieved and ad[v]anced at once and urge Burnsides crossing. As soo[n as] I can see Burnside I will go forward.

If any opportunity presents [it]self for pitching into a part of Lee's Army do so without giving time for [disposition.

U. S. GRANT
Lt Gen.

ALS, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound). Entered as written at 8:24 A. M. in USG's letterbooks and O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 403. On May 5, 1864, 7:30 A. M., Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, Old Wilderness Tavern, wrote to USG. "The enemy have appeared in force on the Orange pike and are now reported forming line of battle in front of Griffins Divn 5. corps—I have directed Genl. Warren to attack them at once with his whole force—Until this movement of the enemy is developed, the march of the corps must be suspended

I have therefore sent word to Hancock not to advance beyond Todds tavern for the present. —I think the enemy is trying to delay our movement & will not give battle but of this we shall soon see—For the present I will stop here & have stopped our trains" ALS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 403. Meade endorsed USG's letter, probably to Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren. "I send you the above—Wright is advancing on the Spottwood road— Attack as soon as you can & communicate if possible with Wright—" AES, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound). O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 404. On May 4, 7:15 P. M., Brig. Gen. Seth Williams, adjt. for Meade, had written to Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins transmitting the order of march for the following day. Copies, DNA, RG 200, Letters Sent by Meade; Meade Papers, PHi; DLC‐ Andrew Johnson. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 370-71.

On May 5, 9:00 A. M., 9:20 A. M., 9:00 P. M., and 10:30 P. M., Meade wrote to USG. "A Mr Wychoff a northern miner, whom I had met & believe to be reliable, has sent me word that a person from Orange C H. yesterday told him that Breckenridge & Polk had joined Lee I send you this for what it is worth. Warren is making his disposition to attack & Sedgwicke to support him-Nothing immediate from the front I think still Lee is simply making a demonstration to gain time—I shall if such is the case punish him if he is disposed to fight this side of Mine run at once he shall be accomodated." "I ordered Genl. Ricketts to hold the roads leading from the enemys line to our right flank—I am informed you have ordered him forward as one of Burnsides Divisions have arrived—I would suggest Burnsides Division relieving Ricketts on these roads—also a

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