cannot even stand a drawn battle, so far from his supplies of ordnance stores.
If he retreats and you follow, he must lose the material, and much of his army.
I am in hopes of receiving a despatch from you to-day, announcing that you have moved.
Delay no longer, for weather, or reinforcements.’
had not yet started for the Cape Fear river
; and to him also on this day Grant
was obliged to say: ‘Richmond papers of the 10th show that on the 7th, Sherman
was east of the Ogeechee
, and within twenty-five miles of Savannah
, having marched eighteen miles the day before.
If you do not get off immediately, you will lose the chance of surprise and weak garrison.’
Good news, however, came in from Warren
He had completely destroyed the railroad, from the Nottoway river
to Hicksford, meeting with only trifling opposition The weather had been bad, and marching and working were difficult; but he was now on his return to Meade
Upon the receipt of this news, Grant
telegraphed to Sheridan
: ‘The inhabitants of Richmond
are supplied exclusively over the roads north of James river
If it is possible to destroy the Virginia Central
road, it will go far towards starving out the garrison of Richmond
road has been largely used until now, notwithstanding it has been cut to Stony creek
It is now gone to Hicksford, and I think can be of no further use. If the enemy are known to have retired to Staunton
, you will either be able to make a dash on his communications, north of the James
, or spare a part of your force.’