accordingly—" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 57, 62, 66. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 169.
At 10:20 P. M., USG wrote to Burnside. "You have done quite right to retain Gen. Wilcox where he is under the circumstances. Gen. Warren has been informed of the contents of your note and will endeavor to open communication with Gen. Crawford. If you can get a bridge across to Gen. Crittenden it will serve to send Artillery or reinforcements over to him or will give him the means of withdrawing as necessity may require." ALS, deCoppet Collection, NjP. Printed as sent at 10:00 P. M. in O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 169. On the same day, Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock wrote to Maj. Gen. Andrew A. Humphreys reporting strong C. S. A. forces in his front and requesting that Burnside support his right. ALS, DNA, RG 393, Army of the Potomac, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 155. USG endorsed this letter. "I have directed Gen. Burnside to retain Wilcox where he is, (on North side of the river covering Ox Ford) for the night and to get his bridge over to Crittenden & Crawford. Potter's Div. is now with Hancock and he can direct him as he may deem best." AES, DNA, RG 393, Army of the Potomac, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 155.
Jerico Ford Va
May 25th 1864
MAJ GEN H W HALLECK
CHF OF STAFF
The enemy are evidently making a determined stand between the two Annas It will probably take us two days to get in position for a general attack or to turn their position, as ma[y p]rove best—
Send Genl Butlers forces to White House to land on north side, & march up to join this Army—The James River should be held to City Point, but leave nothing more than what is absolutely necessary to hold it, acting purely on defensive—Enemy will not undertake any offensive operations there but will concentrate everything [here] Breckinridge is unquestionably here—Sixty six officers and men have been captured who were with Hoke 1 in the capture of Pl[ymou]th—
If Genl Hunter can possibly get to Charlottesville and Lynchburg he should do so, living on the country The Railroads and Canals should be destroyed beyond possibility of repair for