“I do not understand why Warren permitted his corps to be fought in detail”

I received word from Gen. Meade,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

March 31, 1865-1 p. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

General Warren reports by staff officer that Ayres’ advance on White Oak road was repulsed. Ayres fell back to Crawford, the enemy following and attacking both Ayres and Crawford and compelling both to fall back to Griffin. Here the enemy was checked, the fighting still continuing. General Warren expresses confidence in his ability to hold his present position. Miles has been ordered to be prepared to support Warren. Humphreys will be ordered to attack as soon as I can communicate with him by telegraph, if the affair is not over by that time.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

 

I replied,

GRAVELLY RUN, March 31, 1865-1 p. m.

Major-General MEADE,

At Fifth Corps Headquarters:

If the enemy has been checked in Warren’s front, what is to prevent him from pitching in with his whole corps and attacking before giving him time to intrench or return in good order to his old entrenchments? I do not understand why Warren permitted his corps to be fought in detail. When Ayres was pushed forward he should have sent other troops to their support.

U. S. GRANT.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 14, p 274-5

O.R., I, xlvi, part 3, p 337

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