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    George G. Meade: Battles of the Wilderness and Cold Harbor Field Orders.
    Pair of handwritten field orders or dispatches written in pencil on "Headquarters, Army of the Potomac" letterhead. The first, measuring 3.5" x 6.5", dated May 7, 1864, coincides with the withdrawal or disengagement of Union troops after their defeat at the Battle of the Wilderness. Writing to an unnamed recipient (likely U. S. Grant), Meade says "I have thought it best not to let the ambulance train go as I fear it will be captured on its return if not going. If this meets with your approval, please authorize Maj. Duane... Burnside had better be notified that we will have to carry our wounded along." Some toning and minor areas of loss filled in with rice paper. The second letter, written June 4, 1864, to Gen. Horatio Wright, is a reflection of the lack of communication and general confusion that resulted in one of the worst Union defeats of the war. Measuring 4.75" x 8", it reads, in full: "Your dispatch reporting you are in advance of the 18th Corps has been sent to Gen. Smith who is under the impression he is in advance of you. Smith and Hancock are both ordered to push forward - There is not the slightest idea that the 6th Corps is not doing what it always has done early and well. It is a question of judgment as to the timing of assaults which between the three corps may involve delay and failure. Geo. G. Meade Maj Gen Push on & when you think it is time to stop report. GGM." Union casualties were estimated at 7,000 to 10,000. After this time, daily reports of casualties were no longer required for publication to the general public. After eight days' rest, Grant ordered his army to proceed to Petersburg. Both letters housed in a custom album.

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