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

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To Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside

Hd. Qrs. Armies of the U. S.
Mass [Massaponax] Church May 21. 1864

MAJ GEN BURNSIDE.
COM'D'G 9TH A C.
GENERAL,

You may move as soon as practicable upon receipt of this order, taking the direct Ridge road to where it intersects the Telegraph road, thence by the latter road to Thornsburg Cross roads. If the enemy occupy the crossing of the Po in such force as to prevent your

using it then you will hold the north side at Stannard's Mills until your whole column is past and move to Guiney Bridge. Gen Wright will follow you and will cover the crossing of the Po for his own Corps. At Guinney Bridge you will receive further directions if you are forced to take that road. If successful in crossing at Stannards Mill your march will end at Thornburg

U. S GRANT
Lt Gen

Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 64-65.

On May 21, 1864, 7:00 A. M., USG wrote to Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside. "The 13th Pa. and 5th New York Cavalry under Col Hammond, are now on your left I know nothing of Capt Pikes Company—No order having been given it from these Headquarters" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 63. On the same day, Burnside telegraphed to Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins. "Have you any news that you can communicate this morning from Sheridan or other armies—" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); copy, ibid., RG 393, 9th Army Corps, Telegrams Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 63. On the same day, Rawlins telegraphed to Burnside, drafting his reply at the foot of the telegram from Burnside. "No news except that Sheridan is on his way ba[c]k, last heard from at Baltimore Store." ADfS, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound). O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 64.

At 8:25 A. M. and 9:30 A. M., USG wrote to Burnside. "If Gen. Warren's movement is successful, your corps and Wright's will move to-night the latter following Hancock and you following Warren on the Telegraph road. The actions of the enemy may change or modify this. —You want to keep as close to the enemy as possible, and report any movement of his you may observe. At 10

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