Both Lee and Meade had received reenforcements — the
Ready for the advance that Lee drove back
Between these luxuriant banks stretch the pontoons and bridges to facilitate the rapid crossing of the North Anna by Hancock's Corps on May 24th.
Thus was completed the passage to the south of the stream of the two wings of the Army of the Potomac.
But when the center under Burnside was driven back and severely handled at Ox Ford, Grant immediately detached a brigade each from Hancock and Warren to attack the apex of Lee's wedge on the south bank of the river, but the position was too strong to justify the attempt.
Then it dawned upon the Federal general-in-chief that Lee had cleaved the Army of the Potomac into two separated bodies.
To reenforce either wing would require two crossings of the river, while Lee could quickly march troops from one side to the other within his impregnable wedge.
As Grant put it in his report, To make a direct attack from either wing would