graphed from Alexandria. Perhaps it may be well to ascertain what the messenger was doing the intermediate time. I need not say how great is the general satisfaction at your successes:" "Since writing to you this afternoon I have obtained detailed reports of troops forwarded & to be forwarded by to-morrow evening to you & Genl Butler, viz: ... Making in all sent & to be sent within the next 48 hours to Belle Plain 24,500 men, & to Genl Butler 3,000, Total 27,500. I shall not fall much short of this, but it is about as much as I can do. I have generally under estimated rather than over-estimated." ALS, ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 695-97.
Also on May 13, USG telegraphed to Halleck. "Please telegraph Gen. Butler to have the Richmond & Danville road cut if possible." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegram received (6:30 P. M., May 14), ibid., Telegrams Collected (Bound). O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 697. On May 14, 9:12 P. M., Halleck telegraphed to USG. "Despatch for Genl Butler sent forward. Telegram from Sherman to-day near Resaca, saying that he had turned enemy's position & forced him to evacuate Dalton. Reinforcements mentioned in my letter of last night will not all reach Belle Plain before [T]uesday, for want of transportation." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid.; ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 746.
May 12th 7.10 a. m.
Hancock has captured about 3000 prisoners among them three General officers and also about fifteen guns. 1 Push your troops so as to keep up the connection with Hancock. Wright is now attacking and Warren is in readiness to push in also.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, ICHi. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 677. On May 12, 1864, 5:45 A. M. and 6:00 A. M., Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins wrote to Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside.