May 7th 1864, 5.15 a. m.
MAJ. GEN. BURNSIDE,
COMD. G 9TH CORPS,
General Hancock reports indications of enemy moving in heavy force on his left. In casehe is attacke you will render him assistance either by an advance from your present front or leaving your line entirely and moving by the left flank to the point of attack. In the absence of further instructions you will exercise your judgement which will be the best.
After the falling back last night of Sedgewicks right fearing your Colored troops might be cut off I ordered them up here. They are now in front of my quarters. If there does not prove to be absolute need of retaining them here by 10 O'Clock a. m. you may order them to Chancellorsville where the trains have been ordered.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, deCoppet Collection, NjP. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 511. On May 7, 1864, Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside wrote to USG. "The officer in command of pickets in front of our left connecting with 2d Corps reports that the wagons & troops of the enemy in front were moving quite busily during the night he thinks to the South—No rebels in front this morning—Some movements have been ordered from our front, that will draw the fire of the enemy if they occupy the ground they occupied yesterday, or the ground in the advance of it. A prisoner reports that Longstreet & Hill were present yesterday in our front—that Jenkins was killed, and Longstreet wounded." LS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 511.
On May 7, 7:30 A. M., Lt. Col. Cyrus B. Comstock wrote to Burnside. "Gen Grant desires that if you have not already done so, that you at once strongly fortify the hill where your personal Hdqrs were most of the day yesterday" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 511. At 1:00 P. M. and 2:00 P. M., Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins wrote to Burnside. "It is definitely ascertained that Longstreet's corps—at least two divisions of it—is at Spotsylvania Court-House. General Warren's corps has engaged it near there, and the whole of General Sedgwick's corps has been ordered forward, one division of which has joined General Warren, with a view to crushing Longstreet, if possible. This leaves no troops at this point." Ibid., pp.