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Thence the occupation of Norfolk would be but a holiday march.
It is also assumed that the éclat attaching to the name of a General who should accomplish these objects, may have had some influence on a mind notoriously eager for military renown.
To crown his undertaking with success three preliminary movements were carefully planned and put into execution.
The Suffolk garrison must be weakened.
To accomplish this, Hill was sent with a considerable force to attack Little Washington, N. C., whence he could in three or four days rejoin the main army in Virginia.
Pontoon and siege trains were collected at proper points and held in readiness for an instant move.
The troops were also conveniently stationed in such manner that they might be literally precipitated upon the doomed town, sixteen thousand being posted on the Blackwater, the remainder along the railway to Petersburgh.
As was anticipated, Hill's movement resulted in an order directing General Pe