Head Qrs. Armies of the U. States
Near Spotsylvania C. H. Va.
May 18th 1864
COMD. G OFFICERS CONFED. FORCES
NEAR OLD WILDERNESS TAVERN VA.
To secure proper medical supplies and care for wounded soldiers who I understand are still left in hospitals near Old Wilderness Taver I would request that all who are still in your hands be delivered to Asst. Surg. Edwd. Breneman, U. S. A. who is authorized to receipt the rolls of the same.
I will state that all Confederate wounded who have fallen into our hands are receiving good care and abundance of supplies of all discriptions. Such however as have notbeen sent beyond Fredericksburg will be delivered into your hands, at Chancellorsville, if you desire it.
I have the honor to be
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Lt. Gen. Com
ALS, ICHi. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 1, 221; ibid., I, xxxvi, part 2, 865. On May 17, 1864, Asst. Surgeon Platt R. H. Sawyer, Fredericksburg, wrote to Surgeon Edward B. Dalton stating that some 400 wounded U. S. troops remained in the hands of C. S. A. forces near the Wilderness. ALS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 841-42. On the same day, Asst. Surgeon Edward De W. Breneman wrote to Surgeon Thomas A. McParlin, medical director, Army of the Potomac. "I was instructed by surgeon E. B. Dalton U. S. V. to report to you the fact that about four hundred of our wounded, from different Corps of the Army, are yet in the hands of the enemy at 'Robertson's Tavern'; that they decline to deliver them under flag of truce from Major Genl. Meade, and require that a flag of truce be sent by order of Lieut. Genl. Grant before their delivery can be effected." ALS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 841. On May 18, Maj. Gen. George G. Meade endorsed this letter. "Respectfully forwarded to Lieut: General Grant, for his information & action—" ES, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received.
On May 19, Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins issued an unnumbered Special