“The heavy rain of to day will make it impossible for us to do much”

We have had some adverse weather today, and that will hamper our operations.  I wrote Gen. Sheridan,

GRAVELLY RUN, March 30, 1865.

Major-General SHERIDAN:

The heavy rain of to day will make it impossible for us to do much until it dries up a little or we get roads around our rear repaired. You may therefore leave what cavalry you deem necessary to protect the left and hold such positions as you deem necessary for that purpose, and send the remainder back to Humphreys’ Station, where they can get hay and grain. Fifty wagons loaded with forage will be sent to you in the morning. Send an officer back to direct the wagons back to where you want them. Report to me the cavalry you will leave back and the positions you will occupy. Could not your cavalry go back by the way of Stony Creek Depot and destroy or capture the store of supplies there?

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 14, p 269

O.R., I, xlvi, part 3, p325