getting everything well ready to receive us on the South side of the creek
U. S. GRANT
ALS, deCoppet Collection, NjP. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 290.
On May 29, 1864, 3:00 P. M., 3:30 P. M., and 5:15 P. M., Maj. Gen. George G. Meade wrote to USG. "Genl Barlow has advanced three miles on the road from this point and has reached the forks leading to Hanover C. H. and to Coal Harbor He has passed the scene of yesterdays cavalry fight one and a half miles He neither sees or hears anything of the enemy. From all I can learn I am under the impression the enemy has withdrawn behind the Chickahominy but as yet this is only surmise Nothing reported from Genls Wright or Warren No firing heard" "Gen Barlow reports meeting a skirmish line of the enemy supposed to be cavalry—The people in the vicinity tell him there is a line of battle one mile ahead on Southards branch. Barlow is advancing to ascertain the true state of the case." "Genl Barlow has met the enemy in force about 4 miles from this point He reports Artillery in position & Infantry in rifle pits. In accordance with your dispatch I have directed Genl Hancock to support him & he is now moving out with his Corps Gen. Griffin met the Enemy about one mile from the Tolopotamy on the road to shady grove and is now skirmishing with him Genl Warren is prepared to support him Genl Wright reports his reconnoissance being within one fourth (¼) mile of the R. R. Hanover C. H. in sight only cavalry pickets encountered He will be directed to hold his advanced position & support them if necessary" ALS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 290.
Two Miles S. W. of
Hawes Shop 4 p m.
May 30th 1864
MAJ GEN H W HALLECK
CHF OF STAFF
There seems to be some prospect of Lee making a stand north of the Chickahominy his right near Shady Grove. I have heard