take per estimate of Chief Qr. Msr from Ten to Twelve days—If the enemy dispute the passage of the Pamunkey or either of the Annas this road would be useful. —" ALS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 812.
At 3:00 P. M., Rawlins wrote to Burnside and Meade. "You will send to Belle Plaine, early to-morrow morning all your Reserve Artillery, and ammunition belonging to it." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, (2) 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 811, 826. On the same day, Meade wrote to Rawlins. "Your note requiring the Artillery Reserve of this Army to go to Belle Plain has been recieved—Do you intend to include the Six batteries of Horse Artillery which are the reserve of the cavalry artillery—There are now Six batteries with the cavalry, but it has been the practice hitherto to exchange them thus giving the horses rest and increasing their efficiency—Please let me know as soon as convenient. —" ALS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 811.
On May 17, 6:00 P. M., Rawlins telegraphed to Burnside. "If your Reserve Artillery has not yet started back, send it at once. Most of the Reserve Artillery, of the Army of the Potomac has been distributed to Divisions, and other artillery has been sent back in lieu of it." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 849. At 5:20 P. M. or 6:20 P. M., Burnside telegraphed to Rawlins. "My Reserve artillery was ordered to accompany the reserve artillery of the Army of the Potomac back to Fredericksburgh" Copy, DNA, RG 393, 9th Army Corps, Telegrams Sent. Printed as sent at 6:20 P. M. in O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 849. An undated telegram from Burnside to Rawlins was probably sent on the same day. "The reserve artillery of 9th Corps left for Fredericksburg about noon—" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); copy, ibid., RG 393, 9th Army Corps, Telegrams Sent. At 6:00 P. M. or 6:30 P. M., USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "I have ordered back to Belle Plain all the reserve Artillery over one hundred (100) pieces This I think had better go back to Washington" Telegram received, ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 840.
Headqrs Armies of the U. S.
Near Spottsylvania C. H. Va. May 16th/64 6.30 P. M.
BRIG GEN R. O. TYLER
BELLE PLAIN VA
Enclosed find copy of a communication to Brig Gen Abercrombie. 2 I want and must have the whole of your command here by tomorrow night at fartherest. If your troops have not yet all ar