result in great loss to the Federal Army, while Lee would be ultimately forced to evacuate Richmondndeavor to march south with his army.
If General Lee had escaped from Richmond with 50,000 men, to drive him out; and he had no idea of forcing Lee south into regions where he could prolong the w hear that Sherman was in a position to prevent Lee and his army from escaping southward.
When She August, the Navy Department wrote to Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee, inquiring if he could not dispense wterposed an objection, which relieves Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee from any imputation of desiring to rensequence of General Grant's protest, Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee made such representations to the Navy such a report, in a communication to Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee, writes as follows:
The report isthout crews.
The correspondence of Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee and the naval officers are evidence tstructions by his commander-in-chief, Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee, although it seems probable that so g[4 more...]