Grant's communication with his superiors in Washington, DC during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
We have now ended the sixth day of very heavy fighting.
The result to this time is much in our favor. But our losses
have been heavy, as well as those of the enemy. We have
lost to this time eleven general officers killed, wounded
and missing, and probably twenty thousand men.
I think the loss of the enemy must be greater, we having
taken over four thousand prisoners, whilst he has taken from
us but few except a few stragglers. I am now sending back to
Belle Plain all my wagons for a fresh supply of provisisions
and ammunition, and purpose [sic] to fight it out on this line
if it takes all summer.