March 12, 1864, USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck a telegram of March 10 from Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan to Maj. Gen. George G. Meade. "Ithe Enemy's right and got into their rear—Did not meet sufficient of Cavalry. Destroyed from eight 8 to ten 10 miles of Orange Rail Road two locomotives, three 3 trains and a very large amount of supplies The Enemy were making a depot of supplies at Beaver Dam. Since I got into their rear there has been great excitement among the inhabitants and with the Army. The citizens report that Lee is beaten. Their Cavalry has attempted to annoy my rear and flank but have been run off. I expect to fight their cavalry south of South Ann river. I have no forage. Started with half rations for one day and have found none yet. Have recaptured five hundred of our men. Two Colonels." Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). O. R., I, xxxvi, part 1, 776.
Near Spottsylvaina C. H. Va
May. 11th 1864-8:15 a. m.
MAJ GEN MEADE
COMD'G A. P.
Send back to Bell Plain every wagon that can be spared, retaining here only sufficient to move what ammunition and other stores that cannot be carried on the person. Two days of the present supply of rations should be unloaded to issue to the men, and ammunition enough to fill all the cartridge boxes. These wagons can go back with a small escort relying on reinforcements expected to give them a strong escort back. All the wagons should start back with a heavy load, say from twenty five to thirty five hundred pounds, the amount depending on the strength of the team—
I would advise also the sending back to Bell Plain of all the reserve Artillery. This however I leave to your own discretion
Gen Burnside will be instructed to send back as an escort to the wagon all his Cavalry and, if necessary, his Division of Colored Troops
Very Respectfully Your Obt Svt
U. S. GRANT