and provisions sent there at once and fifty (50) rounds of Infantry ammunition for one hundred thousand (100.000) men. Send Genl Benham 1 with the necessary bridge train for Rappahannock. We can maintain ourselves at least and in the end beat Lee's Army I believe.
Send to Bell Plain all the Infantry you can rake and scrape. With present position of the Army ten thousand (10.000) men can be spared from the Defences of Washington besides all the troops that have reached there since Burnside's departure Some may also be brought from Gen Wallace' Department.
We want no more wagons nor Artillery
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 1, 3; ibid., I, xxxvi, part 2, 595-96. On May 11, 1864, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck wrote to USG. "Yours of 9½ A M. yesterday is recieved. Acting on your previous despatches I have sent about three thousand men from here to Genl Butler. I hope to send to Belle Plain to day from three to four thousand, and more as soon as they arrive. None of the western militia nor of the troops relieved by them in the west have yet reached here. Genl Benham has promised to have the bridge at Fredericksburg completed by night. Your orders on this matter & in regard to supplies have been anticipated. Everything with Sherman looks well, but no general engagement yet. All despatches recieved for you will be sent forward from War Dept. Please keep us advised of your position & the condition of affairs, and we shall probably be able to anticipate most of your wants." ALS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 628.
May 10, 1864-10.30. a. m.
MAJ GEN BURNSIDE
A General attack will be made on the enemy at 5 p. m. to-day. Reconnoitre the enemy's position in the mean time, and if you have any possible chance of attacking their right do it with vigor and