Tavern is far enough west for you to picket. You can give up therefore the guard at Todds Tavern and Banks Ford—No more troops need be taken from you to guard trains, and those sent already you may send for to return—
Communicate this to Gen Burnside Comd'g 9th Corps through whom it would be sent, but for the delay that would occur in so sending it.
U. S. GRANT Lt Gen
P. S. The black lines on the map show the position of our troops
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 733. On May 13, 1864, Brig. Gen. Edward Ferrero, Chancellorsville, wrote to Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins. "I wish to make the following report of my position. My lines extend from Todds Tavern, Furnaces, Dowadalls Tavern, Ely's Ford, U. S. Ford, Banks' Ford, the road to Fredericksburg, and patrol Six (6) miles down the Telegraph road. The lines are very much extended and I cannot spare any more troops to accompany trains to Belle Plains without endangering trains at this place. If the General Commanding desires any change in my position, I should be happy to hear from him. I would like to know the exact position of our troops at the front that I may be able to conform with their changes." LS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 733. On the same day, Rawlins wrote to Ferrero. "On a closer examination of the map you are directed to withdraw only the guards at Todds Tavern back to Piney Branch Church— The order sent you this evening is modified accordingly" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 733.
Near Spotsylvania C. H. Va.
May 13th 1864
The ninth day of battle is just closing with victory so far on our side. But the enemy are fighting with great desperation entrenching themselves in every position they take up. We have lost many thousand men killed and wounded and the enemy have no doubt lost more. We have taken about eight thousand prisoners and lost likely three thousand. Among our wounded the great majority are but slightly hurt but most of them will be unfit for ser