May 13th/64 9.10 p. m.
GENERAL. BURNSIDE 9TH A. C.
The two Corps moving to the left march by the road cut out immediately to the rear of Hancocks and your Corps. The roads are so bad that I fear they will find difficulty in moving Artillery and therefore will want your reserve or such as yoy do not require in your line. The only instructions I now have is for you to keep up a threatning atitude ready to attack if the enemy weakens in your front or to reinforce Warren or Wright if necessary.. My Aides will be sent in the morning to the left and if there is any further instructions then I will send it.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound). O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 732.
On May 13, 1864, 1:35 A. M., USG wrote to Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside. "The enemy seem to have abandoned his position in front of General Wright's troops. Send out to see if the same is the case in your front." Ibid., p. 730.
At 12:40 P. M., Lt. Col. Frederick T. Dent wrote to Burnside. "The lieutenant-general desires to know the news you may have of the movements of the enemy. Are they in force, where, and how moving?" Ibid., p. 731. At 1:00 P. M., Burnside telegraphed to USG. "The telegram just sent you,does not convey my own impression—I think the enemy are retreating; but their movement is so well protected, as to make [it] very hard to determine—I will send you more definite information as soon as possible—" ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 393, 9th Army Corps, Telegrams Sent; telegram received, ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 731. An undated telegram from Burnside to USG is probably the message referred to above. "The enclosed despatch has just been received from our extreme left, and is sent for your information (insert dispatch from W C Raulston)" ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 393, 9th Army Corps, Telegrams Sent.
At 5:00 P. M., Burnside telegraphed to USG. "I have just ordered an advance upon the enemy's lines which has demonstrated that they are there in sufficient force to make it doubtful whether we can carrythem or not—but I am still under the impression that they are making arrangements to fall back— My left as it now stands is very weak and in case we are attacked that part of the line [would] need support—if there is a surplus division near this point, it might be well to let me have it—" ALS (telegram sent), ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); ibid., RG 393, 9th Army Corps, Tele