Headquarters Armies of the United States,
Near Spotsylvania Court-House, May 13, 1864.
COMDG. FOURTH DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS:
GENERAL: The enemy have crossed the Ny to the right of our line in considerable force, and may possibly detach a force to move on
Fredericksburg. Keep your cavalry pickets well out on the plank road and all other roads leading west and south of you. If you find the enemy moving infantry and artillery toward you report it promptly. In that case take up strong positions and detain him all you can, turning all trains back to Fredericksburg, and whatever falling back you may be forced to do, do in that direction. I do not think the enemy will detach in that direction, but give you this warning in time in case they should. Require all trains coming to the front to come by the Massaponax Church road.
U. S. GRANT,
O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 732.
Headqrs Armiesin the Field
Near Spottsylvania C. H. Va May 13th/64
Your letter of this evening is received. I enclose you with this the position our troops will hold tomorrow morning. The only Fords necessary to hold will be Ely's & United States. Dowdalls