CULPEPER, May 3, 1864 - 6 p. m.
Major-General BURNSIDE, Warrenton Junction:
General Grant directs that you leave as guard for the railroad sufficient force to hold it until the rolling-stock is removed. This will be done to-morrow. Order up your guards as fast as they are relieved by those of General Augur.
By order of Lieutenant-General Grant:
F. T. DENT,
Lieutenant-Colonel, U. S. Army, Aide-de-Camp.
CULPEPER, May 3, 1864.
The number of wagons you now have is all that can be supplied. If they are insufficient for what you have to take, send back your surplus in the morning. It is not designed to haul anything but rations, forage, ordnance and medical stores.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
May 3, 1864.
Send the horses of the Twenty-second New York to Brandy Station. How many horses are there, and have all got equipments? Answer as soon as possible. Major-General Sheridan will have an officer to receive them.
GEO. G. MEADE,
WARRENTON JUNCTION, May 3, 1864.
I think the regiment numbers about 800. Will not exceed 1,000. All have equipments.
A. E. BURNSIDE,
MAY 3, 1864.
Colonel Marshall says that he has twenty-two wagons for 4,000 men, and that he needs ten more. Has received an order for marching. Colonel Raulston, of the [Twenty-fourth] New York Cavalry, says that his men's feet are in a very bad condition for marching with cavalry boots, and that they will scarcely be equal to much of a march to-morrow. His men have no knapsacks in which to carry the other three days' rations to make up the six on the person. General Willcox would like to know if the Eighth Michigan (guarding railroad bridge) are to go with him. He would like to have McCabe ordered to guide him.