made, it was necessary for him to constantly refuse his left and manoeuvre by his right.
But this was to uncover the path by which Sherman might advance to unite with Grant.
As this result, however, could not long be prevented, Johnston chose the former course and fell back in the direction of Raleigh, which was a judicious measure, since a junction of the two Confederate armies was now the governing desideratum.
Pressing forward his advance, Sherman, the 23d of March, reached Goldsborough, North Carolina, where he united with the Federal columns that had moved out from Newbern and Wilmington.
His course to Petersburg was then clear—the distance a hundred and fifty miles in a northerly direction.
No immediate start, however, was made from Goldsborough, as well for the reason that his army had to be refitted as that General Grant feared if Sherman should then move any further on his way, Lee would abandon Petersburg and Richmond.
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