“I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.”

Our general assault yesterday had some initial success, but suffered from being to late in the day and too uncoordinated to follow up on our initial momentum.  I plan to make a more carefully prepared assault tomorrow.  I wrote to Sec. Stanton to give him an update.

Head Qrs. in the Field, Va

8 am May 11th 1864.

Hon. E. M. Stanton, Sec. of War. Washington D. C.
We have now entered the sixth day of very hard fighting. The result to this time is much in our favor. Our losses have been heavy as well as those of the enemy. I think the loss of the enemy must be greater. We have taken over five thousand prisoners, in battle, while he has taken from us but few except stragglers. I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.
U. S. Grant
Lieut. Gen. Comdg Armies

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 10, p 422

Library of Congress, US Grant