[wee]ks—Completing this he could find his way back to h[is] original base, or from about Gordonsville, to join this Army
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 1, 8; ibid., I, xxxvi, part 3, 183; ibid., I, xxxvii, part 1, 535-36; (incomplete) ibid., I, xxxiv, part 1, 20; ibid., I, xxxvi, part 1, 24; ibid., I, xxxviii, part 1, 13. On May 26, 1864, 10:30 A. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "Your instructions of yesterday 12 M. have been sent to Genl Butler & Genl Hunter. I hope to send you some four or five thousand reinforcements to Port Royal to-day & to-morrow. We are somewhat embarrassed for want of water transportation, while moving Smith's command. Nothing recently from Sherman." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid.; ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 207.
Quarles Mills, Va. May 25th/64
MAJ. GEN. G. G. MEADE,
COMD. G A. P.
Direct Gens. Warren and Wright to withdraw all their teams and Artillery not in position to the North Side of the river tomorrow. Send that belonging to Gen. Wrights Corps as far on the road to Hanover Town as it can go without attracting attention to the fact. Send with it Wrights best Division or Division under his ablest commander. Have their place filled up in the line so if possible the enemy will not notice their withdrawal Send the Cavalry to-morrow afternoon, or as much of it as you may deem necessary, to watch, and seize if they can, Littlepages Bridge and Taylors Ford and to remain on one or the other side of the