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    Ulysses S. Grant Autograph Letter Signed "U.S. Grant." One page, 7.75" x 10", written on the verso of stationary with Head Quarters Armies of the United States letterhead, City Point [Virginia], February 8, 1865. Three days after making his first major advance on the siege lines around Petersburg in an effort to stretch Lee's defenses too thin, Grant wrote this letter to Gen. George Meade, commander of the Army of the Potomac, asking for news of the whereabouts of Confederate General Robert Rodes' men and Union Gen. Gouverneur Warren's moves on Petersburg, in full as written: "Rhodes [Rodes'] Division was the only one left in the Valley. If it has come to your front I have no information of the fact. If you ascertain certainly it is there let me know so that I can inform Sheridan of the fact. Let me know about the result of Warren's two advances. I sent no dispatch yesterday to Washington." An incomplete secondary letter appears on the verso, dated four days earlier and addressed to Col. John E. Malford, agent of exchange. The expected folds are seen with two small spots of ink smudging. Bleedthrough from the verso is evident near the lower edge. Circular rust stain appears near the upper left corner.

    During his Valley Campaign the previous September, Gen. Phil Sheridan, a key subordinate of Grant's, attacked the Confederates at the town of Winchester, Virginia [Third Battle of Winchester]. As Confederate Gens. Robert Rodes and John B. Gordon began their counterattack, Rodes was hit in the back of the head by shrapnel from a Union artillery shell and died on the field. Despite their commander's death, Rodes' division was bound and determined to remain in the Shenandoah Valley. Grant, on the other hand, wanted all Confederate resistance eliminated.


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