y seen, to surprise the town, but the rains delayed and exposed the movement.
General Lee advised against an assault on the town on account of the loss it might entail.
Letter to Longstreet.—Rebellion Records, XVIII, 966. In a letter to General Beauregard, then at Charleston and expecting to be reinforced from North Carolina, General Hill describes the objects of his attack on Washington:
For the last four weeks I have been around Washington and New Bern with three objects in view—to harellion Records, XVIII, 959.
The reason for these instructions was, that now as the spring was fairly opening there were loud calls for the troops operating in North Carolina. General Lee was trying to reinforce for his spring campaign.
General Beauregard was asking for aid at Charleston, and the Richmond authorities were anxious to strengthen the Western armies.
Hence the campaign in North Carolina was again reduced to defensive issues, and the troops moved to bigger fields.