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

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To Maj. Gen. George G. Meade

Head Qrs. of the Army, In Field
Near Spotsylvania C. H. Va. May 15th/64


I have written to the Commander at Fredericksburg and also to General Ferrero, Comd.g Division of Colored troops, putting them on their guard about Hampton's Cavalry. 1 We now have a large force between here and Fredericksburg which, if it does its duty, can prevent any serious disaster to our trains.

General Burnside just now informs me that the enemy are moving on his right in conciderable force but he does not know yet in what force or for what object. 2 If they move on him the best possible relief will be to move the whole Army of the Potomac forward from Wrights and Warrens front.

Lt. Gen.

ALS, Jensen Collection, WHi. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 782. On May 15, 1864, 3:30 P. M., Maj. Gen. George G. Meade wrote to USG. "Your note in reference to Burnsides right being threatened is received—Warren & Wright have been ordered to be prepared to advance on the receipt of orders & Hancock has been directed to hold his command (Birney excluded) ready to move at a moments notice—" ALS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 782.

Wade Hampton, born in Charleston, S. C., in 1818, graduated from South Carolina College in 1836, and owned plantations in both S. C. and Miss., which produced over 5,000 bales of cotton in 1861. During the 1850s, he served in both the House and Senate in S. C., and opposed secession in 1861. He was ap- pointed C. S. A. brig. gen. as of May 23, 1862, becoming commander of the 1st Cav. Brigade, Army of Northern Va., in July. Promoted to maj. gen. as of Aug. 3, 1863, he assumed command of the Cav. Corps, Army of Northern Va., after Lt. Gen. James E. B. Stuart was mortally wounded on May 11, 1864, at the battle of Yellow Tavern, Va. See letter to Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, May 16, 1864.

On May 15, 2:30 P. M., Meade wrote to USG. "Asst. Surgeon Sinclair 1st Mich Cav. who has been employed in bringing our wounded off the Wilderness battle field, reports that Hampton's Divn. of Reb. Cavalry is on our right & rear threatening our communications Dr. S. has had several interviews with the


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