Culpepper C. H. Va. Apl. 17th/64
MAJ. GEN. MEADE,
COMD. G ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
Should a siege of Richmond become necessary siege guns, ammunition and equipments can be got from the Arsenal at Washington, and Fortress Monroe, very rapidly. Every preperation is made for all classes of transportation by water so that these things can be directed to any point, by water, we may require them. Once at the nearest landing, with the means of transportation with an army, they can be readily moved to any point inland they may be wanted. The means of maning Heavy Artillery is always at hand with an Army as well as the means of constructing batteries.
I will take advantage of Gen. Hunt's 1 suggestions as to the proper officer to get the siege train ready, and, to a great extent, his suggestions as to the number Calibre &c. of guns necessary for it.
I am General, very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Lt. Gen. Com
ALS, Meade Papers, PHi. O. R., I, xxxiii, 889. On April 16, 1864, Brig. Gen. Henry J. Hunt, chief of art., Army of the Potomac, wrote at length to Maj. Gen. Andrew A. Humphreys proposing a siege train. Ibid., pp. 880-81. On the same day, Maj. Gen. George G. Meade endorsed this letter. "Respectfully forwarded to the lieutenant-general commanding. The within paper has been prepared under my instructions by the chief of artillery, Army of the Potomac, in anticipation of the contingency of having to besiege Richmond. To carry out the project will require an additional force of heavy artillery, either one or two regiments, the commanding officer of which should at once commence the preparation and accumulation of the materials here indicated. The detail of this force will require the orders of the lieutenant-general commanding, for which purpose this communication is transmitted. No orders have been given from these headquarters." Ibid., I, li, part 1, 1158.