“I can’t help believing that the enemy are prepared to leave Petersburg if forced a little”

I received the following report from Gen Meade,

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH CORPS,
[September] 30, 1864-2.25 p. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

General Griffin, Warren reports, has carried the enemy’s work on the Peebles farm in handsome style, taking a number of prisoners. Warren is getting his command in position, looking to his connection on the Weldon railroad, and Parke is forming o his left. Gregg rapport the enemy’s cavalry has left his immediate front, and, as far as the can ascertain, are across the twenty Creek. I have directed him to watch the Jerusalem plank road and notified Hancock to have his reserves ready to meet any cavalry demonstrations on the Norfolk or Prince George Court-House roads, where I now have only small cavalry and infantry pickets. Benham must look out for the Old Court-House road.

GEO G. MEADE,

Major-General.

I replied,

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,
September 30, 1864.

Major-General MEADE,

Warren’s Headquarters:

If the enemy can be broken and started, follow him up closely. I can’t help believing that the enemy are prepared to leave Petersburg if forced a little.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 12, p 248

O.R., I, xlii, part 2, p 1119

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