US Grant to Secretary of War Stanton:
I would call attention to the fact that our white troops are being paid whilst the colored troops are not. If paymaster could be ordered here immediately to commence paying them it would have a fine effect.Maj. Gen. Robert Schenck, describing the assembly of Lee's army just prior to the invasion of the North in 1863:
Their Cavalry force at Culpepper is probably more than thrice twelve thousand. I would advise that the militia of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Ohio be at once called out as there is doubtless a mighty raid on foot.There is no real news in the telegrams, which mostly cover very familiar ground, but they take us to the scene of the action in a very immediate way.