The closing days of the siege.
August 25.--The multitudinous preparations for the grand coup
have been made quickly and thoroughly.
Superfluous wagons with baggage have been sent to the rear to be parked at the railroad bridge over the Chattahoochee
Hospital trains conveyed the sick and wounded to the rear.
Fifteen days supplies have been brought up. Rations for three days are placed in the haversacks of the men — the remaining twelve are loaded on the supply trains, and gathered near Vining's Station, on the north bank of the Chattahoochee river
Regiments are cut down to a single baggage wagon.
Sixty rounds of ammunition have been issued to each man carrying a musket, and the ammunition wagons are replenished.
When the sun goes down on Wednesday, the twenty-fifth of August, everything will be in readiness.
What a felicitous moment for a proclamatory General What a gushing bulletin might have been issued to the troops, asking much in enthusiastic language, promising much in florid periods!
has simply published an order, “You will march at such and such an hour.”
He asked nothing, promised nothing; but no troops know better than those he commands, how much is asked and how much is to be achieved under his leadership.
In one continuous line, in order of march, the six corps accompanying Sherman
, with their trains, will make a line fifty miles long.
The wagons alone, over three thousand in number, reach, on the march, for thirty miles. From this may be seen the immense labor required to perfect the details of the movement.
, evidently, will be compelled to move troops and trains by parallel roads, and he must, therefore, know not only every public avenue in the country into which he moves, but be conversant with its minute topography, and able to tell where roads might be cut in localities where none existed.
It is almost essential that the army have five parallel roads.
It would cover that number for ten miles completely.
The public animals are in fair, not prime, condition.
Many teams are cut down from their complement of six mules to five and four.
This partial defection in the grand military motor — the mule — will not, however, cripple the transportation.
The moiety of an ass is capable of bearing up under much lankiness gracefully.