at your disposal as far in that direction as possible. If you can meet this with your or with a mixed force of infantry and cavalry dos o. Report to General Meade or myself all you learn and as soon as possible the movements of the enemy in our rear.
U. S. GRANT,
Fredericksburg, may 15, 1864.
CHIEF OF STAFF,
Lieutenant-General Grant's Headquarters:
GENERAL: I have to acknowledge the receipt of Lieutenant-General Grant's communication of this date, informing me of the presence of the Hampton cavalry on our right, an directing me to picket in that direction, and to meet it with a mixed force of infantry and cavalry. In reply I beg to assure the general that all proper measures shall be taken, but I must say I have but 120 infantry, and the cavalry are not be depended on. A force appeared this morning on the Telegraph road (horsemen), and I have been obliged to keep quite a large number to watch the movement in that direction. The demands on the for escorts, patrols, messengers, &c., are numerous, so that the available force at my disposal is very small for other purposes.
Very respectfully, general, your obedient servant,
BELLE PLAIN, May 15, 1864.
(Received 4 p. m.)
Honorable E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War:
About 6,000 troops have been forwarded to General Grant from this point. No news of interest from the army this morning.
Commissary-General of Prisoners.
BALTIMORE, May 15, 1864.
(Received 2.45 p. m.)
Colonel E. D. TOWNSEND,
Colonel Porter's regiment, Eighth New York Artillery, left here this morning at 11 a. m., with orders to report to Major-General Augur for transportation to the Army of the Potomac.
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