With the success of Gen. Butler’s attack today against the enemy’s left, hopefully Lee will shift his forces to oppose him. If so, our attack on Petersburg may succeed in taking the town. I wrote Gen. Meade,
CITY POINT, VA., September 29, 1864-11.30 p.m.
You need not move out at daylight in the morning, but be prepared to start at, say, 8 o’clock, if you find the enemy still further reduced,or if ordered. I will start up to Deep Bottom at 5 a.m., and may be able to judge of the force sent to the north side by the enemy. When you do move out I think it will be advisable to maneuver to get a good position from which to attack, and then if the enemy is routed follow him into Petersburg,or where circumstances seem to direct. I do not think it advisable to try to extend our line to the South Side road, uncles a very considerable part of the enemy is drawn across the James, and then only when we are able to withdraw Butler’s force rapidly and it to you.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 12, p 240
O.R., I, xlii, part 2, p 1094