A ruse of War.
When General Butler
landed at City Point
and Bermuda Hundreds, in the spring of 1864, with an army of thirty thousand men, and accompanied and guarded by gun-boats and iron-clads, why he did not at once occupy Petersburg
, to obtain which afterward cost so much blood to the Federal
army, is a question, the answer to which is not very obvious.
, on the line of the railway leading south from Richmond
, the heart of the Southern Confederacy was distant twenty miles from City Point
, with which it was connected by a railway, a navigable river, and a broad highway in good condition, and passing through a level country not occupied by the military forces of the enemy.
I propose to furnish what I thought then, and think now, to be an answer to this question.
It will be a modicum of information, which may prove useful to the historian, when he comes to gather up all the facts for an impartial history of the four years war, which has left scars even on the Constitution
It will, moreover, be doing justice to the memory of Major General George E. Pickett
, a distinguished officer of the Southern
army, whose reputation is dear to us all of the South
To render my brief narrative intelligible to the reader not particularly informed of the military facts to which it has reference, it will be necessary first to state the situation in the Department of North Carolina with which Petersburg
was embraced, or so much of it as affected that point.
was still in command at Petersburg
, though he had been relieved, when General Butler