On April 18, 4:00 P. M, Meade telegraphed to USG. "The regiments belonging to the 5th Corps now on duty under Genl. Briggs at Alexandria & which it is desirable should rejoin their brigade are 44th N. Y. Vols. 5th Penna. Reserves 11th U. S. Infantry—Genl. Briggs reports present for duty with these regiments, one thousand & Sixty four officers & men. —" ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegram received, ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. On April 20, Halleck wrote to Augur. "Lt Genl Grant directs that the Provisional Regt organised from 2d Penn. Heavy Arty be sent to Alexandria to relieve troops now there from Army of the Potomac, which will be sent to their proper comds." ALS, ibid., Letters Sent (Press). O. R., I, xxxiii, 925.
On April 25, 9:30 P. M., Meade telegraphed to USG. "I have not heard today from the Pa. Reserves—I published an order warning them of the consequences of refusing to do duty & promising to obtain a speedy decision from the War Dept in their case. —I also received & transmitted to them a telegram received today from Col. Townsend promising prompt action in their case—I will telegraph to the Comd. officer & advise you. —" ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegram received (dated April 26), ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. Dated April 26 in O. R., I, xxxiii, 982. See ibid., 1032. On April 26, USG wrote to Meade. "Is there still excitement among the Pa. Reserves?" ALS, CSt.
Hd Qrs Culpepper C H.
8. P. M. Apl 18. 1864.
MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK.
CHF OF STAFF.
There is such a call for Cavy horses from all parts of the army, that I would suggest the propriety of an order from the Secretary of War authorizing Dept. Commanders to convert forty (40) percent of all their Cavalry into Infy, selecting those regts who have [re]quired the greatest number of horses to keep them up, to be dismounted.