Hanover Town May 29th/64
MAJ. GEN. HALLECK, WASHINGTON
The Army has been successfully crossed over the Pamunky and now occupies a front about three miles south of the river. Yesterday, two Divisions of our Cavalry had a severe engagement with the enemy south of Harrisshop driving him about a mile upon what appears to be his new line. We will find out all about it to day. Our loss in the Cavalry engagement was three hundred & fifty killed and wounded of whom but forty-four are ascertained to have been killed. Having driven the enemy most of their killed and many of their wounded fell into our hands.
U. S. GRANT
ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Collected (Bound). O. R., I, xxxvi, part 1, 9-10; ibid., I, xxxvi, part 3, 289. Received in Washington at 11:20 A. M., May 30, 1864, according to the telegram received and O. R., I, xxxvi, part 1, 9; received at 12:10 P. M., May 31, as printed ibid., I, xxxvi, part 3, 289.
May 29th/64 4 p. m.
MAJ. GEN MEADE, 2D CORPS HD QRS.
It will be well to keep the troops that have gone in search of the enemy to the front and close up on them in the morning, or, if you think their positions unsafe,strengthen the front tonight. If the enemy have gone behind the Chicahominy the trains should all be brought to the South side of the Pamunky in the morning. Your dispatch of 3.30 just received since writing the above. If the enemy is found in the position described by Gen. Barlow 1 he had better be supported before making an attack. They are probably only covering whilst