a day or two longer — long enough to hold a road open for Kautz to find his way back to join us if he had met with disaster.
The fortifications of our intrenched camp at Bermuda were by no means in such condition as they needed to be, to be thoroughly impregnable to the attack of the whole of Lee's army, he having the interior or shorter line.
He might attempt to carry them and thus force Grant, whom he had learned was to make this his new base, into the position in which McClellan was at Harrison's landing.
Accordingly it was imperative that I should no longer peril the safety of Grant's new base, and also probably the safety of his army.
In other words, I must carry out the other branch of the plan agreed upon between Grant and myself, namely, to make him an impregnable base to which to bring his army in case of repulse, and whence he might commence his operations against Richmond,--where, in my belief, they ought to have been begun at first.
Impressed with these considerati