Gen. Meade sent the first report of the results of today’s attack.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, March 29, 1865-6.55 p. m.
A dispatch of 5.50 p. m. from General Warren reports that on advancing to attack the enemy was found to have retired, and is supposed to have withdrawn to his main line of works. Major-General Warren is following him. The fighting was quite severe for a while. Casualties not yet reported. Brevet Brigadier-General Sickel wounded. General Warren’s left is on the Boydton pike. He states his skirmishers on the left report the enemy’s cavalry moving rapidly north from Dinwiddie; undoubtedly before Sheridan.
GEO. G. MEADE,
I wrote him,
HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES, Gravelly Creek, March 29, 1865.
Major General G. G. MEADE,
Commanding Army of the Potomac:
GENERAL: General Warren’s report of 5.50 p. m. looks as if the enemy may fall back behind Hatcher’s Run during the night, leaving the road open to us ot Burgess’ Tavern. If so, we will want to wheel to the right so as to cover all the crossings of the run as soon as we can. If the enemy does not fall back, we will then push up close to him and feel out to our left and endeavor to force him to this course. Sheridan has received orders to push for the enemy’s right rear in the morning, unless the position of their cavalry makes a different course necessary, and not to leave us until he receives further orders.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 14, p 249-50
O.R., I, xlvi, part 3, p 243