Germania Ford May 4th 1864
MAJ GEN H W. HALLECK
CHF OF STAFF
The crossing of Rapidan effected. Forty Eight hours now will demonstrate whether the enemy intends giving battle this side of Richmond Telegraph Butler that we have crossed the Rapidan 1
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, 1; ibid., I, xxxvi, part 2, 370.
On May 4, 1864, USG twice telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, the second time at 1:15 P. M. "To be taken off by all operators from Brandy Station to Bull Run Crossing effected. Put your troops in motion as soon as Gen Augur's relieves you and the trains are south of Bull's Run" "Make forced march until you reach this place. Start your troops now in the rear, the moment they can be got off, and require them to make a night march. Answer" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 380. On the same.day, 3:58 P. M., Burnside telegraphed to USG. "Dispatch received ; will start column at once." Ibid. Also on May 4, Brig. Gen. Robert O. Tyler telegraphed to USG. "I have placed guards upon the bridges between Bull Run and the Rappahannock as ordered by General Augur. The rolling-stock is expected to be off by 10 o'clock to-night." Ibid., p. 381.
Germanna Ford May 5 1864 8 41. A. M.
MAJ GEN BURNSIDE
COM'D'G 9TH A. C.
Place one Division of your Corps on the ridge south of the river and west or south west of the plank road. Leave it there until