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y course pursued by rebels
Grant moves against Lee's communications
instructions to Meade and Butr to Sept. 27, were as follows:—
July 10Fitz-Lee1,706 effective.
Aug. 31Kershaw3,445 effective.uers.
I have therefore inserted his letters to Lee, in full, in the Appendix, to correct his memor.
Early, and, among others, Colonel Taylor, of Lee's staff, in his Four Years with General Lee, hadespatch relative to an arrangement between General Lee and myself for the suppression of incendiarn the 9th of October, he complained bitterly to Lee: Sheridan has laid waste nearly all of Rockingh was shocked at the conflagration of mills; and Lee, who recommended a partisan warfare, refused torant determined to attack the communications of Lee. The left of Meade's entrenched line was at thiwere more than a match for the best soldiers of Lee. The movement cost the rebels far more than it ing his communications and hazarding battles on Lee's selected position west of Richmond, where the
isions were essential to the armies of Hood and Lee. The damage done to the state of Georgia he estdictated the movements of each, but, by holding Lee, had rendered the success of either practicable closing out the rebellion will be to close out Lee and his army.
You have now destroyed the roadsixty thousand men, will be a reinforcement that Lee cannot disregard.
Indeed, with my present commhe greater part of your army here, and wipe out Lee. The turn affairs now seem to be taking has sha ought to be done. . . . My own opinion is that Lee is averse to going out of Virginia, and, if theed men had arrived at Wilmington.
This day General Lee telegraphed to Seddon: Bragg reports the eserves at Sugar Loaf550
Hagood (Lee's dispatch)400
3,500 The garrison, it is talike; its effect was felt at home and abroad.
Lee knew its significance as thoroughly as Grant, porting Sherman's future movements, and presented an opportunity to complete the isolation of Lee