t 85,000 would be the maximum force at my disposal, giving only some 67,000 for battle.
Of the three divisions yet to join, Casey's reached the front only on the 17th, Richardson's on the 16th, and Hooker's commenced arriving at Ship Point on the 10th.
Whatever may have been said afterward, no one at the time — so far as my knowledge extended — thought an assault practicable without certain preliminary siege operations.
At all events, my personal experience in this kind of work was greater the Pamunkey, a part at Williamsburg, and a part at Yorktown prepared to ascend the York River.
The problem was to reunite them without giving the enemy the opportunity of striking either fraction with his whole force.
This was accomplished on the 10th, when all the divisions were in communication, and the movement of concentration continued as rapidly as circumstances permitted, so that on the 15th the headquarters and the divisions of Franklin, Porter, Sykes, and Smith reached Cumberland Landi