I will notify you of the fact by telegraph, which will be the signal for you to start. Make all your preparations on the 4th inst. to move at a moments notice. Select your own route, or routes to the Rapidann. When you reach there if Meades trains should be in your way, do not interfere with them following his Army unless you should receive notice to push forward with your troops. In that case you will stop his trains until your troops are over, and a sufficient number of ammunition wagons and ambulances to enable you to go into battle with a supply.
In the absence of any further directions, your line of march, after crossing the Rapidann, will be in the rear of the right flank of the Army of the Potomac.
Being in the rear you will require very heavy guards with your trains.
My Headquarters, until further notice, will, as a rule be near the Hdqrs of the Army of the Potomac. On the night of the 4th this will be on the road to Germania Ford, and not far from the river.
Furnish me a copy of your order of march as soon as you can. —
I am General, Very Respectfully
Your Obdt Servt.
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 337.
May 2nd 11. P. M 186
MAJ GEN FRANZ SIGEL
I do not want you to move further south than Cedar Run to watch any movement the Enemy may attempt by the way of the