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 1, 7; ibid., I, xxxvi, part 3, 113-14.
Hd Qrs. Armis of the U States
10.30 p m
Near N. Anna May 23d/64
MAJ. GEN BURNSIDE
COMD. G 9TH A. C.
Hold your Corps as a reserve to reinforce the 2d Corps (which is to force a crossing of the Anna at daylight) or to effect a crossing at Ox Ford as may be deemed most advisable. —Gen. Hancock is directed to effect the crossing at New Bridge and has been authorized to call on you for such assistance as he may require. You will therefore if called on by him send all the assistance he may ask for.
If your troops are not required at New Bridge get them as well in line as in front of the fordbetween you and the enemy as possible and effect a crossing if you can. You had better see Gen Hancock, or communicate with him, to night and ascertain whether you can give the best support by crossing with him or by operating over your present front.
My Hd Qrs. will be moved in the morning to Mt Carmel Church.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, IHi. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 134. On May 24, 1864, 6:30 A. M., Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside wrote to USG. "Your despatch of last night was received—after which the necessary orders were given—I proceded before daylight to Genl Hancocks to arrange with him as to the disposition of my forces—He is of the opinion that a demonstration in my front would be of more service to him than the reinforcements I could send him—I then left Genl Potter's division to his disposal, and went to the position occupied by Genl Wilcox in front of Oxford as soon as it was light enough to reconnoiter the position, and have arranged for an