Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent; (2) Meade Papers, PHi. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 628. On May 11, 1864, 12:20 P. M., Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins wrote to Maj. Gen. George G. Meade. "As the trains remainging here will be small after the compliance with orders sending all empty wagons to Belle Plain, and as Gen Burnside sends his Colored troops and Cavalry with the empty wagons, each Corps must furnish guards for its own train. You will please give directions accordingly—Gen Burnside has been notified that he will have his own train only to guard—" LS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of Va. and N. C., Army of the James. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 629. Meade endorsed this letter. "Issue necessary orders Corps Comdr can learn from Chf QM where their trains are—" AE, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of Va. and N. C., Army of the James. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 629.
Also on May 11, USG wrote to Meade. "The movements of the enemy may be explained by the position Burnside has assumed. Comstock is over with Burnside and will not loose a chance to push the enemy.He has probably made such developments as to induce the enemy to give up his right if it was weak." ALS, DNA, RG 393, Army of the Potomac, Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2,629.
May 11th/64. 3 p. m.
MAJ. GEN. MEADE,
Move three Divisions of the 2d Corps by the rear of the 5th & 6th Corps under cover of night so as to join the 9th Corps in a vigerous assault on the enemy at 4 O'Clock a m. to-morrow. I will send one or two staff officers over tonight to stay with Burnside and impress him with the importance of a prompt and vigerous attack. Warren and Wright should hold their Corps as close to the enemy as possible to take advantage of any diversion caused by this attack and to break in if the opportunity presents itself. There is but little doubt in my mind but that the assault last evening would have proven entirely sucessful if it had commenced one hour earlyer and had been heartily entered into by Mott's Division and the 9th Corps.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 393, Army of the Potomac, Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 629.