Hd qrs Armies U. S. May 12th 1864 10-20 a m. MAJ GEN BURNSIDE COMD'G 9TH A. C.
Move one division of your troops to the right to the assistance of Hancock, and push the attack with the balance as vigorously as possible. Warren & Wright have been attacking vigorously all day.
See that your orders are executed.
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2,679.
On May 12, 1864, 1:25 P. M., Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins wrote to Lt. Col. Orville E. Babcock. "Our whole force is now engaged. If Gen Burnside cannot hold his present line he must shorten it. Strengthening his centre and right towards Gen Hancock." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 679. In an undated message, written at 4:30 P. M., Babcock wrote to Rawlins. "Genl Burnsides lines are reestablished a little in advance of the points occupied before his last advance. Unless the enemy force him to fall back he will hold his present position—to night—" ALS, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound).
At 3:15 P. M., USG wrote to Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside. "The 5th Corps is now moving up to the 6th and will together form a heavy column of assault. Keep your Division Commanders on the lookout to take advantage of any weakening on your front, to meet it." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 679.
At 6:10 P. M., Rawlins wrote to Burnside. "You will strengthen your position so as to hold it against any attack of the enemy, and give your men as much rest as. —you can consistent with your work in fortifying your position. Act on the offensive with your Artillery during to-morrow, and annoy the enemy all you can. Send all the prisoners you have to Tabernacle church that they may go to Fredericksburg to-night by the same escort that accompanies the prisoners being sent by Gen Meade from here." LS, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound). O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 680. At 6:20 P. M., USG wrote to Burnside. "Do you not think there may be danger of the enemy moving on your position and attacking you in the morning? If so, would you not be strengthened by throwing