Head Qrs. of the Army, In Field
Near Spotsylvania C. H. Va. May 15th/64
MAJ. GEN. MEADE.
COMD. G A. P.
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.
U. S. GRANT
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.
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