your left back on to the Ny river and removing your Artillery to the East side? I want you to make your position secure. Answer as soon as possible—Let the regiment whose time is up go as Escort to your prisoners—" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 680. At 8:00 P. M., 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 We had withdrawn to this side of the Ny, but on receipt of order have re-established our former line without opposition." Ibid.
At 8:15 P. M. and 9:00 P. M., Rawlins wrote to Burnside. "The prisoners will not be sent from here until tomorrow morning. Have yours meet them at Tabernacle church" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent. O.R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 680. "You will notify your Division Commanders to have their men wake up and under arms by half-past three oclock to-morrow morning (3:30 a m) for it is not unlikely the enemy will take the initiative, and if so, your position he will most probably attack." Copies, DLC-USG, V, (misdated March 12) 45, 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 681.
May 12th 10.40 a m
MAJ. GEN. MEADE,
If Warren fails to attack promptly send Humphreys 1 to command his corps and relieve him. I have ordered Burnside to push on vigerously and to send a Division to Hancock.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 393, Army of the Potomac, Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 654. On May 12, 1864, Maj. Gen. George G. Meade wrote to USG. "Warren seems reluctant to assault. I have ordered him at all hazards to do so, and if his attack should be repulsed to draw in the right and send his troops as fast as possible to Wright and Hancock. Tell Hancock to hold on." Ibid.; ibid., I, xxxvi, part 1, 360.
On the same day, 3:00 P. M., Meade wrote to USG. "I have ordered the 5th Corps to move down to Wrights support. He will at once organize a heavy column of assault from both corps which I trust will break through the enemys line Hancock will press forward at the same time & I trust Burnside will do the same. Every thing is working well on the field by my reports." ALS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 656.
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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: 433.
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