cisely 4 o'clock a. m. tomorrow the 12th inst. Let your preparations for this attack be conducted with the utmost secrecy and veiled entirely from the enemy—
I send two of my Staff Officers, Cols Comstock & Babcock in whom I have great confidence and who are acquainted with the direction the attack is to be made from here, to remain with you and Gen Hancock with instructions to render you every assistance in their power—Gens Warren and Wright will hold their Corps as close to the enemy to take advantage of any diversion caused by your and Hancocks attack, and will push in their whole force if any opportunity presents itself—
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O.R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 643. On May 11, 1864, 8:00 P. M., Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside wrote to USG. "I have the honor to report that my troops occupy their old line of works we had withdrawn to this side of the Nye but on receipt of order have reestablished our former line without opposition" Telegram received, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received; copy, ibid., RG 393, 9th Army Corps, Telegrams Sent.
May 11th 1864 9. P. M.
MAJ GEN BURNSIDE
COMD'G 9TH A. C.
Scout just in from Gen Sheridan with dispatches. He has reached the South Anna as is followed by the rebel Cavalry. He has cut ten miles of the Orange and Richmond rail road, destroyed two locomotives & three trains—and a very large quantity of provisions. He has recaptured five hundred of our men including two Colonels and Lee's papers.
U. S. GRANT.
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 644. On
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Publication information: Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: January 1 - May 31, 1864. Volume: 10. Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1982. Page number: 425.
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