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OFFICIAL RECORDS: Series 1, vol 36, Part 3 (Wilderness-Cold Harbor)
Page 666 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

Memorandum of troops forwarded from Department of Washington to Army of the Potomac since May 1, 1864-Continued.

Regiment. Strength.

Detachment 184th Pennsylvania 70

Battalion, Rendezvous of Distribution 800

Rendezvous of Distribution 297

187th Pennsylvania Volunteers 990

3rd Delaware and 94th New York 1,150

4th Delaware, 5th New York, and 157th 1,050

Pennsylvania

21st Pennsylvania Cavalry (dismounted). 1,038

Company recruits 16th Michigan 83

2nd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery 1,233

10th New York Heavy Artillery 1,759

Purnell (Maryland) Legion 153

1st Delaware Cavalry 529

28th, 29th, 31st Colored 1,154

37th and 38th Wisconsin 830

179th New York 357

132nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry 829

Company 60th Ohio Volunteer Infantry 76

Rendezvous of Distribution and recruits 1,243

Battalion Minnesota Volunteers 176

Provisional battalion 857

23rd U. S. Colored Troops 45

138th Ohio National Guard 840

140th Ohio National Guard 800

Provisional battalion, Rendezvous of 696

Distribution

Provisional battalion from Briggs 448

155th Ohio National Guard 900

179th New Yokr 85

134th Ohio National Guard 800

5th New Hampshire Volunteers 467

48,265

Note in Letter Book, Headquarters Armies of the United States.

This last letter of General Lee* was not delivered at the outposts of General Hancock until after 10 o'clock, the hour fixed by General Lee for expiration of the armistice. Notwithstanding, the rebel pickets were drawn in as proposed, and a burial party sent out shortly after 8 o'clock, but as our pickets had received no instructions on the subject, the party was captured. On the report of these facts, General Grant has just sent the subjoined letter to the rebel commander.

COLD HARBOR, VA., June 7, 1864-10.30 a.m.

General R. E. LEE,

Commanding Army of Northern Virginia:

I regret that your note of 7 p.m. yesterday should have been received at the nearest corps headquarters to where it was delivered after the hour that had been given for the removal of the dead and wounded had expired. 10.45 p.m. was the hour at which it was received at corps headquarters, and between 11 and 12 it reached my headquarters. As a consequence, it was not understood by the troops of this army that there was a cessation of hostilities for the purpose of collecting the dead and wounded, and none were collected. Two officers and six men of the Eighth and Twenty-fifth North Carolina Regiments, who were out in search of the bodies of officers of their respective regiments, were captured and brought into our lines owing to this want of understanding. I regreat this, but will state that as soon as I learned the fact I directed that they should not be held as prisoners, but must be returned to their commands. These officers and men having been carelessly brought through our lines to the rear, I have not determined whether they will be sent back the way they came or whether they will be sent by some other route.

Regretting that all my efforts for alleviating the sufferings of wounded men left upon the battle-field have been rendered nugatory,

I remain, &c.,

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

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*See June 6,7 p.m., p.639.

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