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a do not require numerous garrisons, for they are all of them not easily accessible on the land side.
Instead of leaving in idleness on an unhealthy coast Gillmore's little army, it was possible to find them useful employment elsewhere by sending them to North Carolina, where the greater part of them had been called the year before, and where General Peck, who had succeeded Foster since the latter's departure for Knoxville, found it difficult to hold his own: he was, in fact, threatened at Suffolk, at Plymouth, at Washington, at Newberne—posts very much exposed to the attacks of the enemy because they were accessible on many sides and did not admit of easy intercommunication.
What would have been better still, reinforcements could have been drawn from the Army of the South for the Army of the Potomac.
But the chief concern of the Government at Washington, instead of applying itself to a concentration of its forces, seemed to be, as we have seen, to scatter them for the sake of mul