There will be arriving at Belle Plain reinforcements for this Army sufficient to make, with this escort, a strong Column to protect the train on its return.
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS (facsimile), USG 3. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 642-43. Lt. Col. William L. Duff was unable to deliver this message to Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside until 1:00 P. M., May 11, 1864. Ibid., p. 643. At 12:15 P. M. and 8:00 P. M., Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins wrote to Burnside. "After the departure of the trains with the Colored troops and Cavalry of your command for Belle Plains, as per orders to day, there will be but small trains remaining here, and each Corps will guard its own. You can guard yours by sending back your provisional brigade to where it now is. You may bring your trains up closer to you as you may deem most prudent." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 643. "Only so much of Gen Ferreros Division will be sent as convoy to our empty wagons, ordered to Belle Plain as the Quartermaster in charge maydeem sufficient. The remainder will be continued in its present duty of guarding roads to our rear, and on which our trains move. Gen. Ferraro has been so instructed. This will enable you to use your Provisional Brigade, if you need it." LS, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound). O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 644; (misdated May 10) ibid., p. 611. At 8:00 P. M., Rawlins wrote to Brig. Gen. Edward Ferrero. "You will furnish only such escort for trains going to Belle Plains as the Quarter Master in charge of same may require, retaining the remainder of your command in its present position, guarding the roads in our rear and on which are our trains. Communicate this order to Genl Burnside" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, 9th Army Corps; ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent.
Headqrs Armies U. S.
May 11th/64 4 P. M.
MAJ GEN A. E. BURNSIDE
COMD'G 9TH A. C.
Maj Gen Hancock has been ordered to move his Corps under cover of night to join you in a vigorous attack against the enemy at 4 o'clock a. m. of tomorrow. You will move against the enemy with your entire force promptly and with all possible vigor at pre