possible retained at Belle Plain for duty. Stragglers and slightly wounded men going to the rear I think will form sufficient guard for prisoners and stores.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,
May 13, 1864 - 8.40 a. m.
From the dispatch just shown me by Captain Meade, I do not infer the enemy are making a stand, but simply covering a retreat, which must necessarily have been slow with such roads and so dark a night as they had last night. I think it advisable to push with at least three good divisions to see beyond doubt what they are doing.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
May 13, 1864.
Asst. Adjt. General, Hdqrs. Armies of the United States:
I beg leave to present the following names of officers in this army for immediate promotion for distinguished services in the battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court-House: Brigadier General H. G. Wright, to be major-general (Sixth Corps); Brigadier General John Gibbon, to be major-general (Second Corps); Colonel S. S. Carroll, Eight Ohio Volunteers, to be brigadier-general (Second Corps); Colonel E. Upton, One hundred and twenty-first New York Volunteers, to be brigadier-general (Sixth Corps); Colonel W. McCandless, Second Pennsylvania Reserves, to be brigadier-general (Fifth Corps). I would also ask the influence of the lieutenant-general commanding to have confirmed the nomination, now pending, of Major General A. A. Humphreys.
GEO. G. MEADE,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, OFFICE OF CHIEF QUARTERMASTER,
Camp at Armstrong's, on the Ny, May 13, 1864.
(Received 8.15 a. m.)
General SETH WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:
GENERAL: I have the honor to represent that all empty wagons have been ordered to Belle Plain for supplies, have arrived there by water from Washington. On the return of the wagons (some have already come back) the command should have as many days' forage and subsistence as when we left Brandy. Captain Pitkin is in charge at Belle Plain, and has orders to load the wagons as they were at the commencement of this campaign; but the road to