of the situation, courage, skill, resources, and tenacity of purpose.
He had found Lee
's army stronger than he had hoped, and he had not defeated it before it reached the defences of Richmond
; but he had driven it from its fortified lines on the Rapidan
back to the very streets of Richmond
; had hammered it, wasted it, and dealt it heavy blows; and now, with an inflexible purpose and an unwavering confidence, he skilfully and successfully changed his base, and transferred his army to the south side of the James
But he still had his hold on Lee
, and he kept it to the end
A part of Grant
's plan for the campaign was the movement of an army, under General Butler
, up James River
, to secure possession of the south bank, occupy Petersburg
, and hold the rebel railroad communications with the South
He had expected important results from this expeditionary army, which was supposed to be amply sufficient to accomplish the purpose, so long as the army of the Potomac acted the vigorous part assigned it. General Butler
's prompt and decisive manner of dealing with the rebels at New Orleans led Grant
to hope for similar energy and success in the conduct of this movement.
But, whether the failure was due to the want of military ability in Butler
or his subordinates, or to the inadequacy of the forces, the movement on Petersburg
failed, and Butler
's army, after a short time, was besieged in its intrenchments at Bermuda Hundred
, and suffered some reverses.
This result, which disappointed his hopes and expectations, and doubtless led to a change of plans and a prolonged contest, confirmed Grant
's prejudices against