[May 16, 1864]
I have official notice that up to yesterday 24 700 men had sailed and were ready to sail from Washington to reinforce this Army. This number is exclusive of about 3000 for the Garrison of Belle Plain. Butler had carried the outer works at Fort Darling. Sheridan has cut both rail-roads leading from Richmond had whipped Stuards Cavalry and had carried the outer works at Richmond besides whipping the Infantry sent out to drive him away. Thinks he could have gone into the city but not knowing our operations nor those of Butler did not know that he could stay. Therefore went on in pursuance of his orders. Crook has cut the New River Bridge and destroyed all the stores at Dublin. 1 I am in hopes he is now in Lynchburg. Sherman flanked the enemy and drove him out of Dalton. He was South and Southwest of Johnston at 8 p. m. the 14th and intended to attack him at all points yesterday.
U. S. GRANT