On the 7th, he telegraphed to Butler
, now at Fort Monroe
: ‘Let General Weitzel
get off as soon as possible.
We don't want the navy to wait an hour.’
At ten P. M., he reported to the government: ‘General Warren
, with a force of twelve thousand infantry, six batteries, and four thousand cavalry, started this morning, with the view of cutting the Weldon railroad as far south as Hicksford.
, at the same time, is holding a threatening attitude north of the James
, to keep the enemy from detaching there.
To-night he has moved six thousand five hundred infantry and two batteries across James river
, to be embarked at Bermuda Hundred
, to cooperate with the navy in the capture of the mouth of Cape Fear river
has also moved, or is supposed to have moved, up the Roanoke
, to surprise Rainbow, a place the enemy are fortifying, and to strike the Weldon
road south of Weldon
It was not a single hammer, however ponderous, that was at work; but a great and complicated mechanism, with springs, and levers, and pulleys, and wheels; and the simultaneous blows that fell at numerous and distant points were all directed and controlled by the mind of the master-workman.
On the same day, taking every contingency into consideration, Grant
said to Meade
: ‘If the enemy send off two divisions after Warren
, what is there to prevent completing the investment of Petersburg
with your reserve?’
The country meanwhile had become uneasy, and the government was even more anxious than Grant
, in regard to Thomas
On the 7th of December, at 10.20 A. M., Stanton
seems unwilling to attack because it is hazardous, ’