ined to the defense and extension of our lines and to offensive movements for crippling the enemy's lines — of communication and to prevent his detaching any considerable force to send south.
Subordinate reports of operations against Petersburg and Richmond from August 1 to December 31, 1864, will appear in Vol.
XLII. By the 7th of February our lines were extended to Hatcher's Run, and the Weldon railroad had been destroyed to Hicksford.
General Sherman moved from Chattanooga on the 16th of May, with the Armies of the Cumberland, Tennessee, and Ohio, commanded, respectively, by Generals Thomas, McPherson, and Schofield, upon Johnston's army at Dalton; but finding the enemy's positions at Buzzard Roost, covering Dalton, too strong to be assaulted, General McPherson was sent through Snake [Creek] Gap to turn it, while Generals Thomas and Schofield threatened it in front and on the north.
This movement was successful.
Johnston, finding his retreat likely to be cut off, fell back