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

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To Brig. Gen. Edward Ferrero

Headqrs of the United States
Near Spottsylvania C. H. Va May 20th/64

BRIG GEN FERRERO
COMD'G 4TH DIV 9TH A. C.
GENERAL

Yours of this date just received. 1 All our troops it is expected will be moved to the left so as to bring into use the road near the Fredericksburg and Richmond rail road. When this takes place you will move east so as to best cover it—In the mean time I think your troops had better remain substantially as they now are.

It is impossible to give you more Cavalry now, but Sheridan is now in his fourth day from Richmond and may be looked for today or tomorrow. When he arrives his Cavalry will be so disposed as to materially releive you.

Your Obt Svt
U. S. GRANT Lt. Gen

Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 21. On May 20, 1864, Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins wrote to Brig. Gen. Edward Ferrero. "You will make such disposition of your forces to-morrow morning, the 21st inst. as to best cover Fredericksburg and the road leading from there to Bowling Green. In doing this take up and maintain a line from Banks Ford, via Tabernacle Church road to the Port Royal road, letting your Cavalry Pickets extend as far as Tabernacle Church. Make your Headquarters at or near Owen's, where you will keep concentrated your main force." LS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, 9th Army Corps. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 21-22. On May 21, 8:30 A. M., Rawlins wrote to Ferrero. "Since the writing of instructions to you last evenings, the whole of our supply trains have been ordered forward from Fredericksburg to Guiney's Station. Immediately in the rear of these trains passing your line, you will follow them with your Command, and take up such position at Guiney's Station as to best protect and cover them from the enemy at that point" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, 9th Army Corps; ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 65. On the same day, Lt. Col. Cyrus B. Comstock wrote to Ferrero. "Stating to Gen'l Ferrero, that the Lieut Gen'l Com'd'g does not desire him to wait for wagons from Belle Plains, but to make such dispositions as to cover the main Trains of the Army" DNA, RG 393, 9th Army Corps, 4th Div., Register of Letters Received. On May 23, Rawlins wrote to Ferrero. "All organized troops not of your Command, or specially assigned to escort trains by Gen. Meade, you will please send forward to

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