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

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road with Willcox's brigade reports seeing a force which he thought as large as a division moving from our left to right." Ibid. The first is also printed ibid., I, xxxvi, part 1, 353. At 3:30 P. M., USG wrote to Burnside. "Gen Hancock is directed to make an attack at 6 o'clock this evening. Be prepared & aid him in it" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 462. At 3:45 P. M., Comstock wrote to USG. "Your note is received. Wilcox has orders to get through to Hancock if possible & attack again at once. He has nearly two brigades of fresh troops besides the other division which was severly checked, the new regiments breaking. He

will move to left of Potters attack. Nothing new from the Parkers store road." ALS (undated), DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Army of the Potomac. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 462. At 4:00 P. M., USG wrote to Comstock. "Immediately on receipt of your first note, the reserve Brigade of Gen Burside was sent out on Parkers store road. Gen Warren has also been instructed to keep a lookout, and if any troops moved out to attack them vigorously. Your last note is just sent to Gen Warren with instructions to the same effect—" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 462.

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Winfield S. Hancock, born in Pa. in 1824, USMA 1844, appointed brig. gen. as of Sept. 23, 1861, and maj. gen. as of Nov. 29, 1862, fought in all of the major battles of the Army of the Potomac, winning special acclaim at Gettysburg, where he was severely wounded. In May, 1864, he commanded the 2nd Corps. See ibid., I, xxxvi, part 1, 318-28; Memoirs, II, 539-40.

To Brig. Gen. Edward Ferrero

HdQrs Armies of the U. States
Wilderness Tavern, May. 6/64 8. P. M.

GEN'L. FERRERO
GENERAL

The 6th Corps has been forced back from its position late this evening 1 and their is now every probability that before morning the enemy will intervene between you and this command. Should you learn such to be the case, move at once across Germania Ford and down the river to Ely's Ford. There cross to the south side and remain with the wagon train until you receive further orders.

Yours
U. S. GRANT
Lieut General

Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, 9th Army Corps; ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 465. Edward Ferrero,

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