where they are—Notify him to hold Smith in readiness to be moved but to await further orders—I will probably know today if the Enemy intends standing behind South Anna
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., Dept. of Va. and N. C., Telegrams Received; copies (misdated May 25, 1864), ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66. Dated May 24 in O. R., I, xxxvi, part 1, 8; ibid., I, xxxvi, part 3, 145. On May 24, 8:20 P. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "When I recieved your telegram of 8 A M yesterday, I had prepared orders for Genl Smith to join you with twenty thousand men. Genl Butler is now ordered to hold him in readiness to move. I wish everything was away from south side of the James & with you; it would be much better. I dont like these divided commands, with the enemy intervening. I would rather see them all [t]ogether under your own eye." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid. O.R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 145.
Jericho Ford, Va. May 24th/64 8.20 p. m.
MAJ. GEN. BURNSIDE
COMD. G 9TH CORPS,
The situation of the enemy appearing so different from what I expected I do not deem it advisable for you to move your wagon train to the South side of the river to-night, or not any more of it than may now be on the South side. The enemy holding the South bank of the river at Ox Ford I think it important that you should hold the North side at the same place. You will therefore leave at least a battery supported by a regiment of Infantry will stationed for that purpose.
I understand you are moving two Divisions to connect with Hancock and one above Ox Ford to connect with Warren! This will be the best arrangement that can be adopted and if it is not already carried out you will carry it out.