ng war, but I and George
Son of General Meade. would like hugely to see him. The weather is getting quite warm.
I continue in excellent health and spirits.
Headquarters army of the Potomac, June 21, 1864.
My last letter was written on the 17th, during the battle of Petersburg, which lasted off and on from 4 o'clock on the afternoon of the 16th to dark of the 18th, day and night, during which time we drove the enemy more than a mile and a half, taking from them two strong lines of works, capturing over twenty guns, four colors and nearly seven hundred prisoners. In all this fighting and these operations I had exclusive command, Grant being all the time at City Point, and coming on the field for only half an hour on the 17th, and yet in Mr. Stanton's official despatch he quotes General Grant's account, and my name is not even mentioned.
I cannot imagine why I am thus ignored.
Cold Harbor to Petersburg, June 11-20, 1864.
Federal loss—killed, wounded, and missing—9,665 (O. R