odds, and there is the gravest reason to apprehend the result of every encounter
. . . It is certain that the need of men was never greater. . . The men at home on various pretexts must be brought out and put in the army at once, unless we would see the enemy reap the great moral and material advantages of a successful issue of this most costly campaign. . . If we can get our entire arms-bearing population in Virginia
and North Carolina
, and relieve all detailed men with negroes, we may be able, with the blessing of God, to keep the enemy in check till the beginning of winter.
If we fail to do this, the result may be calamitous.’
There have been critics who pronounced Grant
's method of extending north and south of the James
simultaneously—a blunder; but Lee
, it appears, was of a different mind.