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dropped into his mouth.
At any rate Lee could not have remained north of Richmond.
Between a good plan of campaign and a faulty one, in this case, was only the width of a river, and the taking of the wrong bank of the Appomattox for a line of operations brought the campaign to a most lame and impotent conclusion in twelve days, including the day of leaving Fort Monroe.
On the 13th of May General Sheridan with his cavalry corps arrived at the James River opposite Bermuda Hundred.
On the 14th he came to my Headquarters and went with me to visit my lines.
I pointed out to him my exposed right flank, and gave him a history of the campaign made by the Army of the James to that date, expressed my anxiety as to the future, and requested him on his return to the headquarters of General Grant to say to him for me that, in my opinion, the interests of the country would be best forwarded by withdrawing General Butler's army within its strong lines — leaving with him sufficient force to de