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

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with all the force you can bring to bear. Do not neglect to make all the show you can, as the best co-operative effort

Lieut. Gen'l

Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 610. Earlier on May 10, 1864, USG wrote to Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside. "A Division of troops were sent from here last evening to interpose between what was the left of Meades position and yours. They are now working up towards you and will, I think, soon connect.

." ALS, deCoppet Collection, NjP. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 610. On the same day, "12 o'clock," Burnside wrote to USG. "I have the honor to enclose you this morning a Dispatch received from Genl Ferrero near Chancellorville thinking the information therein may be unknown to you—I would add that Capt Marsh Chief of Ambulance Corps for my Command was in Fredericksburg last night, and reports to me that the sick & wounded were being cared for, but there was necessarily some confusion, attendant upon the arrival of so many wounded at the same time—" LS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. Enclosed was a letter of the same day from Brig. Gen. Edward Ferrero, "Camp near Chancellorsville" to Burnside's adjt. "I have the honor to report that my Cavalry have scouted for five or six miles around my entire lines, and can find no signs of the enemy—It is reported to me that affairs at Fredericksburg are in great Confusion, and they are sadly in need of some one to Superintend & arrange matters—" Copy, ibid.

Also on May 10, Burnside telegraphed to USG. "What disposition shall be made in the present movement of Gen Ferrero's Division and the Cavalry Brigade" Telegram received, ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound). See letter to Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, May 11, 1864, 8:15 A. M.

To Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside

May 10th/64 3.20 p. m.


Your dispatch of 2.15 p. m just received. It will now be too late to bring up your third Division. I will have to leave it to your judgement whether it will be best to attack with your two Divisions as they are or whether one of them should be sent to Mott. 1 As the attack is to be general however I incline to the opinion you will be secure in attacking as you are. I want the attack promptly made in one or other of the modes proposed.

Lt. Gen.


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