Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent; Meade Papers, PHi. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 864-65.
On May 18, 1864, 2:00 P. M., Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins wrote to Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside. "Enclosed please find copy of instructions from the Lieutenant General Commanding to Maj Gen Meade, which embraces the directions for your next movement, and by which you will be governed—In moving from your present position to your new, march your Infantry by the rear of Generals Warren & Wright, keeping on the same side of the Ny, you now are, if practicable, and send your artillery and wagons around by the road. Commence your movement immediately after Gen Hancock takes up his line of march—" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 880.
At 9:00 A. M. and 6:10 P. M., USG wrote to Burnside. "No vulnerable point presenting itself in the front now occupied, there will be no attack to-day. You will therefore assume a defensive position, holding yourself in readiness for being withdrawn to your left at short notice" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 880. "The same road will be used from here to Fredericksburg after our first move as now, so that the position of Ferrero's command will not be changed at present. Warren does not move." Ibid.
May 19th/64 10 p. m.
MAJ. GEN. HALLECK, WASHINGTON
The enemy came out on our right late this afternoon and attacked but were driven back until some time since dark. Not knowing their exact position and the danger our trains at Fredericksburg will be in if we move I shall not make the move designed for to night until their designs are fully developed. We captured men from three different Divisions of the enemy all from Ewells Corps.
U. S. GRANT
ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Collected (Bound). O. R., I, xxxvi, part 1, 6; ibid., I, xxxvi, part 2, 906.
On May 19, 1864, 1:00 P. M., USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "I shall make a flank movement early in the morning and try to reach Bowling Green and Milford Station If successful Port Royal will be more convenient as a depot than Fredericksburg. I wish you would stir up the Navy to see if they cannot reach there" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams