H.Q. Army of the Potomac: 1864. unbound. 1 page, 5" x 8". Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, 11:30 A.M. October 11, 1864, to Lieutenant General, Ulysses S. Grant, concerning events at Petersburg, in full: "Nothing un-usual has occurred on my lines during the past 24 hours, beyond picket firing and occasional interchange of artillery shots on the Jerusalem plank road. Deserters yesterday stated it was reported in their camps that Maj. Gen. Whiting with 10,000 men from North Carolina was at Stoney Creek. I have directed General Gregg to send a reconnoitering party in that direction to endeavor to ascertain something positive about this. CMO G. Meade Maj Gen." Usual folds, otherwise very good condition. Handsomely framed together with a contemporary engraved bust-portrait of Meade in uniform, brown matte and black wood frame.
Union Major General who rose from command of a Brigade to head the Army of The Potomac. Despite his success during the Overland Campaign, the Siege of Petersburg, and Appomatox Courthouse, he was overshadowed by the direct supervision of the General in Chief, U.S. Grant. This letter is an update that is neither in the Official Records nor the papers of U.S. Grant. It expresses Meade's concerns about General Whiting being at Stoney Creek with 10,000 North Carolina troops but it is most likely that General Whiting was in the peaceful military district of Wilmington, North Carolina. Also, it appears that because of some confusion, several high ranking Union Generals, upon hearing of the death of Confederate General John Gregg, on October 7, 1864, at Petersburg, actually thought it was Union General David M. Gregg, also at Petersburg, who Meade had given the responsibility of verifying the whereabouts of General Whiting. Perhaps Meade thought twice and discarded the update.