and hold Jericho Ford—The 6th Corps will take place on the right of the 5th Corps—If any bridge or ford is found to their front it will be seized and held—If none is found efforts will be made to open roads to the river at points where crossings to the river may be effected to their front.
U. S. GRANT
LS, DNA, RG 393, Army of the Potomac, Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 115.
On May 23, 1864, 3:00 P. M., USG wrote to Maj. Gen. George G. Meade. "By all means I would have Warren cross all the men he can to-night and entrench himself strongly. There is but little likelyhood that he will be pushed by the enemy and if he is he can be reinforced or could fall back by the same road as necessity might require." ALS, DNA, RG 393, Army of the Potomac, Telegrams Received. Printed in O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 119, as an endorsement on a letter of 2:35 P. M. from Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock to Brig. Gen. Seth Williams discussing plans to cross the North Anna River, endorsed by Meade to USG. "I have ordered Warren to cross his whole corps and intrench. Wright, I think, had better take position on this side, to support Warren. Shall Hancock force a crossing?" Ibid.
At 4:15 P. M., USG wrote to Meade. "If Hancock can secure a crossing he should do so If however the bulk of the Enemy appears to be to the left of him, our Cavalry should picket well down to see that no detachment of the enemy gets in on our left" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 59, 66. Printed in O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 120, as an endorsement on a letter of 3:15 P. M. from Hancock to Williams discussing the crossing of the North Anna River, endorsed by Meade to USG. "Hancock has three regiments across. I should think, from present indications, Lee is going to hold the Pamunkey and South Anna. Shall Hancock cross his whole force, if practicable?" Ibid.
Head Qrs Army U. S.
May 24th. 8. a m 1864
MAJ GEN H. W. HALLECK
CHIEF OF STAFF.
The Enemy have fallen back from North Anna, we are in pursuit—Negroes who have come in state that Lee is falling back to Richmond—If this is the case Butler's forces will all be wanted