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

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To Edwin M. Stanton

Head Qrs. in the Field, Va
8 a m May 11th 1864.

HON. E. M. STANTON,
SEC. OF WAR. WASHINGTON D. C.

We have now entered the sixth day of very hard fighting. The result to this time is much in our favor. Our losses have been heavy as well as those of the enemy. I think the loss of the enemy must be greater. We have taken over five thousand prisoners, in battle, while he has taken from us but few except stragglers. I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.

U. S. GRANT
Lieut. Gen. Comdg Armies

ALS, DLC-USG, I, B. See following letter.


To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck

Near Spotylvania C. H. Va.
May 11th 1864. 8.30 a. m.

MAJ. GEN. HALLECK,
CHIEF OF STAFF OF ARMY,
GENERAL,

We have now ended the sixth day of very heavy fighting. The result to this time is much in our favor. But our losses have been heavy as well as those of the enemy. We have lost to this time eleven General officers killed, wounded or missing, and probably twenty thousand men. I think the loss of the enemy must be greater we having taken over four thousand prisoners, in battle, whilst he has taken from us but few except stragglers. I am now sending back to Belle Plaines all my wagons for a fresh supply of provisions, and Ammunition, and propose to fight it out on this line if it takes

all Summer.

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