possible, destroy the bridge over the Cape Fear river, ten miles above the first-named town.
It was known that no formidable defenses near Wilmington would oppose a force coming over from the sea. This plan was submitted by Mr. Kidder, early in 1864, to General Burnside, who was then recruiting men in New York and New England to fill up his corps — the Ninth.
That energetic officer was so pleased and interested in the plan that he submitted it to the government, and received from the War Depn Virginia and Georgia were arranged by General Grant, and Burnside and the Ninth Corps were called to the Army of the Potomac.
The expedition against Wilmington was abandoned, and its capture was postponed for nearly a year.
In the summer of 1864, General Charles K. Graham submitted a plan for the seizure of Wilmington.
It was suggested by Kidder's plan.
It proposed to have a force of cavalry and infantry, a thousand strong, collectively, and a section of artillery, go out from Newbern (