rd, and Sheridan for the 30th of March, precisely similar in character to those of Lee, show, in the
Present for duty, equipped.
Army of the Potomac69, 751
Army of the James27,701
Army of Sheridan13,595
Total111,047 See Appendix for the returns of rebel and national commands, complete. After the long campaign through the Carolinas, Sherman could not be ready to move again until the 10th of April, but on that day he was to start for the Roanoke river, and thence either strike the Danville road or join the forces operating against Richmond, as the general-in-chief might determine.
Grant's own movement to the left was fixed for the 29th of March, and, unless it was immediately and completely successful, he meant to send Sheridan to destroy the Danville and Southside railroads, and then allow him to move into North Carolina and join Sherman.
By this strategy the commands of Lee and Johnston would both be enclosed and driven to a common centre.
If they attempted to unite in o