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n order to create the greatest possible moral and physical effect. Towards the close of the siege it was apparent that the works at Gloucester could not be carried by assault from the rear without some preliminary work in the way of reducing the fire of their batteries on the land side — a matter requiring a good deal of time, and force greater than a single division. With the force at my disposal it was impossible to reinforce Franklin for that purpose, and I determined, late on the 2d of May, to disembark that division and move it to the front, in order to employ all my force in the assault about to be given, and thus render the result as sure as human foresight could make it. On the 3d, then, Franklin's division was disembarked, and was to have moved to the front on the 4th. As soon as the fire of the water-batteries was silenced the gunboats, reinforced by the Galena under the gallant John Rodgers, were to run by and take up a position in rear, whence they could get a nea
the field-three hours earlier I could have gained far greater results and have saved a thousand lives. It is, perhaps, well as it is, for officers and men feel that I saved the day . . . . I don't know where the next battle will occur; I presume on the line of the Chickahominy, or it may be to-morrow in effecting a junction with Franklin. It may suit the views of the masses better, as being more bloody. I hope not, and will make it as little so as possible. . . . Williamsburg, May 9, 2 P. M . . . I have moved four divisions already. The reserves have arrived. My wagons have arrived, and in an hour or two I will move myself. . . . I rather think that we have a very severe battle to fight before reaching Richmond, but the men are just in the humor for it. . . . Carpet-bag has at last arrived. Camp no. 1, May 9, 8.30 P. M. We are fairly started on the march again; my camp is only about four miles from Williamsburg. The road was so much blocked up with wagons that