‘General Lee hurried forward as soon as he learned of the attack on Petersburg; but, as he was full forty miles from the Appomattox, his advanced forces did not reach the city until the night of the 15th.’The reader is already aware that, on the 15th of June, General Lee had not the least idea of ‘hurrying forward’ to the support of General Beauregard. His own telegrams exist to bear witness --to this. Not only were none of his forces at or around Petersburg on ‘the night of the 15th,’ but as late as June 17th he did not believe that General Grant had left his front. He was endeavoring on that day to find out ‘what had become of Grant's army.’ Very clearly, Mr. McCabe had no such evidence, derived from General Lee himself, among ‘the valuable collection of materials for a history of the war’ from which, he says, his book was written. This, however, is not the only error concerning the siege of Petersburg into which Mr. McCabe has fallen.
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