Tuesday, May 16, 1865

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, May 16, 1865

Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT, Washington:

The Seventeenth Corps is now passing the bridge. The Fifteenth will not be able to cross until tomorrow. If you design a grand review please notify me of the date, as I may want to have Mrs. Sherman come to witness it.

W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

FREDERICKSBURG, VA., May 16, 1865.

General U. S. GRANT:

I will remain here all day. Have you any orders?
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

Rawlins Replied:

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES, Washington, May 16, 1865.

Major General W. T. SHERMAN, Fredericksburg:

A review has not yet been determined on. You might send for Mrs. Sherman anyhow. You will probably be here some time. There are no orders for you.
By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:
JOHN A. RAWLINS, Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Fredericksburg, May 16, 1865.

General WEBSTER, Hdqrs. Military Division of the Mississippi, Alexandria:
The Fourteenth and Twentieth Corps will approach Alexandria on Friday by the road from Warrenton; the Fifteenth and Seventeenth by road south of the Manassas Railroad. I will start to-morrow early for Dumfries, Wolf Creek Shoals, and Alexandria, and reach there about 9 or 10 a. m. of Friday. I expect you have an office in town. I will go into camp at some permanent place, say near the Seminary, a mile or two outside the town. The telegraph wire is now down from here into Washington, and if you get this you may answer tonight; otherwise answer me at Stafford Court-House, Dumfries, or any of the intermediate stations.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

I am waiting in Fredericksburg for the army to get up. The weather has been rainy, roads are bad and it is causing delays.

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