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

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Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 1, 6; ibid., I, xxxvi, part 2, 906. On May 20, 2:00 P. M., Halleck telegraphed to USG. "There are three thousand wounded men in Fredericksburg who cannot be removed except by water transportation. Genl Meigs will send transports to day to ascend the Rappahannock to-morrow for that purpose. The south bank of the river above Port Royal should be held by our cavalry in ordr to enable the transports to pass up. Supplies of forage will accompany the fleet. Large amounts of property have been sent to Fredericksburg. If that place is to be abandoned, this property should first be removed. Moreover, the repair of the Aquia Creek Railroad should cease. The navigation of the Rappahannock above Port Royal is difficult & will cease when the river falls." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid.; ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 4.

On May 19, USG telegraphed to Halleck. "The furloughs of the 2nd Maryland forty sixth N. Y. & twenty ninth Mass. Veterans are now out. Please order them to join the 9th Corps," Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, Vol. Service Div., A428 (VS) 1864; ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 907.


To Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside

May 19th/64

MAJ. GEN. BURNSIDE, 9TH A. C.

After occupying the Quesenbury House push pickets out to the Po River if you can and drive in the rebel pickets until you find the end or right of the enemys main line. You want to get if possible where their movements can be observed and if they move away we want to follow close upon them. Push pickets also good distances on the roads East & Southeast from you.

U. S. GRANT
Lt. Gen.

ALS, deCoppet Collection, NjP. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 928. On May 19, 1864, 5:45 A. M., Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, "Myers House," telegraphed to USG. "The head of the Column reached here some time ago but cannot move further until Gen Wrights troops get out of the way The whole Corps is now massed here" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound) ; ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 927. At 1:45 P. M., Burnside telegraphed to USG. "The result of the reconnoisances & observations made this morning is as follows, at a point one mile & a quarter due south from the Myers house is a house owned by Quesenberry taking that as a starting point and going a half a mile due south you strike the Po River drawing a

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