Spottsylvania 8 45 a m
May 17th 1864
MAJ GEN H W HALLECK
CHF OF STAFF
Send all cavalry horses here to mount men who are without horses—I think it will be advisable to repair the Rail road from Aquia Creek at once—Sheridans dismounted men ought to return from James River by boat—I want him to get back here as soon as possible—If Sheridan has not started back he had better turn over all his weak artillery to Butler
U S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 840. On May 16, 1864, 1:00 P. M. and 9:30 P. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck had telegraphed to USG. "A new regt of Pa. cavalry ordered here. I propose to dismount the men & send them forward as Infantry. Shall I give the horses to veteran cavalry Army of the Potomac, or send them to Genl. Sheridan who asks for a thousand horses? Rail Road from Aquia Creek to Falmouth can be repaired in 8 days. Shall it be done? Genl Sherman defeated the rebels yesterday & a part of his force has [c]rossed the Oostanaula river. Our loss about three thousand in all. A messenger just arrived from Genl Sheridan. He is at Haxall's Landing on James River & has recieved supplies for men & horses." "There is considerable dissatisfaction in the artillery & cavalry regts sent forward as infantry, especially in the latter. I respectfully recommend that they be put in old brigades & divisions in the front. One successful fight will remove all dissatisfaction; [an]d if not it will do no harm there. Sherman still successful." ALS (telegrams sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegrams received, ibid.; ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 810.
On May 17, USG telegraphed to Halleck. "Cannot Gen'l Sigel go up Shenandoah Valley to Staunton? The Enemy are evidently drawing supplies largely