to the point of danger.
With proper alacrity in this respect, I would have no objection to seeing the enemy get through.’
On the 25th, he said: ‘Deserters from the rebel lines north of the James
say it is reported among them that Hill
's corps has left, or is leaving, to join Beauregard
. . . . If such a movement is discovered, we must endeavor to break a hole some place.’
This expectation of Grant
was not without foundation.
The rebels were contemplating every contingency, and consulting about every remedy.
Their distraction and desperation were now at their height.
had been made general-in-chief, and Breckenridge
secretary of war, in the vain hope that a change of counsellors or a concentration of authority might avail to stay the approaching catastrophe.
On the 19th of February, Lee
wrote to the Richmond
government: ‘The accounts received to-day from South and North Carolina
reports from Charlotte
that four corps of the enemy are advancing on that place, tearing up the railroad, and that they will probably reach Charlotte
. . . before he can concentrate his troops there.
He states General Sherman
will doubtless . . . unite with General Schofield
reports that General Schofield
is now preparing to advance from Newbern
. . . . He says that little or no assistance can be received from the state of North Carolina
. . . . Sherman
seems to be having everything his own way, which is calculated to cause apprehension.
does not say what he proposes or what he can do I do not know where his troops are, or on what lines they are moving. . . . General J. E. Johnston