Head Quarters Armies U. S.
May 7th 1864
MAJ GEN MEADE
Burnside has but two Divisions and rather a long line to hold so that I think it would not be prudent to remove any of his men, except to move to the front until our line is entirely changed. I will instruct him however to assist Hancock in case of an attack. Either as suggested above by an advance or to move round with his whole force in case there is evidence of the enemy massing on Hancock, leaving the line between Hancock and Warren as it was before Burnside came up.
If our line has been shortened as was directed last night, is there not a large surplus of troops on the right
U. S. GRANT Lt. Gen.
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 481. On May 7, 1864, 5:00 A. M., Maj. Gen. George G. Meade wrote to USG. "Hancock writes there are indications the enemy are massing on his left and he expects to be attacked. Has Burnside any reserve he can send to him—I suggest this because B is the nearest & I have not yet ascertained precisely the locality of the troops changing last night tho I know they are in position—I have told Hancock to call on Bumside—He now has I think Stevenson—" ALS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 480-81.
Hd Qrs Piney Branch Church
11 a m May 8th 1864
MAJ GEN H W HALLECK
The army com[mence]d moving south at 9 p m yesterday and when close up to the position assigned one days march will stand thus—Genl Warrens Corps at Spotsylvania Court House—Hancocks' at Todds tavern—Sedgwicks on road from Piney Branch