not or could not overcome them, but he wanted some one who could.
Nevertheless, no man knew better how to wait when waiting was inevitable; and he could be patient and forbearing, if there was sufficient reason for the delay of a subordinate.
At this very time, the Secretary of War
was finding fault with Schofield
, and Grant
telegraphed, on the 10th of March, in his defence: ‘Schofield
has been apparently slow in getting started, on account of unprecedented storms and bad weather.
There has been but little time when vessels could have run in over the bar, and consequently he was without transportation, and could go no further than men could carry rations to supply them.
When he wrote, however, his wagons were arriving, and he was going to start without waiting for full supplies.’
On the 13th, he said, also to Stanton
: ‘I am in receipt of a letter of the 7th, from General Schofield
At that time Cox
was within three miles of Kinston
, and repairs on the railroad were going on rapidly.
's division was confronting him. Schofield
was going out himself, and expected to push out and take Kinston
On the 14th of March, Grant
said to Halleck
: ‘Instruct General Gillmore
that if Sherman
strikes the sea-coast at any other point than Wilmington
before the execution of the transfer of troops, they will join him, wherever he may be.’
he enquired on this day: ‘Has Stoneman
started yet on his expedition?
Have you commenced moving troops from Knoxville
to Bull's Gap
On the 16th of March, Grant
heard direct from Sherman
, and telegraphed at once to the Secretary