Also on May 15, Meade wrote to USG. "Burnside has been advised that Birney is under his orders, and to remain there so long as in his judgment the security of his line requires it, but that so soon as he can dispense with him he is to be sent back. I fancy it is only the enemy's cavalry feeling our position." Ibid., p. 782. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Burnside. "The Army of the Potomac except Birney's Div which is with you have all been notified to ad- vance and attack the enemy in case you are attacked by him." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O.R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 796.
Near Spotsylvania C H
May 16th 8 a m 1864
MAJ GEN H. W. HALLECK
CHIEF OF STAFF.
We have had five 5 days almost constant rain without any prospect yet of it clearing up. The roads have now become so impassable that ambulances with wounded can no longer run be
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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: 451.
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