before he had sent a message urging that officer to make his way to Staunton to stop supplies from being sent from there to Lee's army.
He immediately requested Halleck to have Sigel relieved and General Hunter put in command of his troops.
General Canby was sent to supersede Banks; this was done by the authorities at Washington, and not upon General Grant's suggestion, though the general thought well of Canby and made no objection.
In commenting briefly upon the bad news, General Grant sCanby and made no objection.
In commenting briefly upon the bad news, General Grant said: Lee will undoubtedly reinforce his army largely by bringing Beauregard's troops from Richmond, now that Butler has been driven back, and will call in troops from the Valley since Sigel's defeated forces have retreated to Cedar Creek.
Hoke's troops will be needed no longer in North Carolina, and I am prepared to see Lee's forces in our front materially strengthened.
I thought the other day that they must feel pretty blue in Richmond over the reports of our victories; but as they are in d
He said: I am more than ever of the opinion that there ought to be some definite objective point or points decided upon before I move farther into this country; sweeping around generally through Georgia for the purpose of inflicting damage would not be good generalship; I want to strike out for the sea. Now that our people have secured Mobile Bay, they might be able to send a force up to Columbus.
That would be of great assistance to me in penetrating farther into this State; but unless Canby is largely reinforced, he will probably have as much as he can do at present in taking care of the rebels west of the Mississippi.
If after Grant takes Wilmington he could, with the cooperation of the navy, get hold of Savannah, and open the Savannah River up to the neighborhood of Augusta, I would feel pretty safe in picking up the bulk of this army and moving east, subsisting off the country.
I could move to Milledgeville, and threaten both Macon and Augusta, and by making feints I coul
River Canal, and the factories in that section of country used for the production of munitions of war. Stoneman was to start upon a raid from east Tennessee with 4000 men, with a view to breaking up the enemy's communications in that direction.
Canby, who was in command at New Orleans, was to advance against Mobile, Montgomery, and Selma.
In the movement on Mobile, Canby had at least 45,000 men. Thomas was to send a large body of cavalry under Wilson into Alabama.
The movements of our forceCanby had at least 45,000 men. Thomas was to send a large body of cavalry under Wilson into Alabama.
The movements of our forces in the West were intended not only to destroy communications, but to keep the Confederate troops there from being sent East to operate against Sherman.
Sherman was to march to Columbia, South Carolina, thence to Fayetteville, North Carolina, and afterward in the direction of Goldsborough.
Schofield was to be transferred from Tennessee to Annapolis, Maryland, and thence by steamer to the Cape Fear River, for the purpose of moving inland from there and joining Sherman in North Carolina.
March 19, after having made a campaign seldom equaled in activity, through a difficult country and during incessant rains.
He had whipped the enemy at all points, captured 17 pieces of artillery and 1600 prisoners, and destroyed 56 canal-locks, 5 aqueducts, 23 railroad bridges, 40 canal and road bridges, together with 40 miles of railroad, numerous warehouses and factories, and vast quantities of military supplies.
On March 20 Stoneman advanced toward east Tennessee, and on the same day Canby moved his forces against Mobile.
Sherman had whipped all the troops opposed to him in his march through the Carolinas, and destroyed communications in all directions.
He and Schofield met with their armies at Goldsboroa, North Carolina, on the 23d of March, and about all the points on the Atlantic coast were now in our possession.
When Sheridan started to join Grant, Hancock had been put in command of the Middle Military Division.
The various armies were all working successfully with
Johnston's forces was promptly concluded.
Having had a talk with the Secretary of War soon after General Grant's departure, and finding him bent upon continuing the denunciation of Sherman before the public, I started for North Carolina to meet General Grant and inform him of the situation in Washington.
I passed him, however, on the way, and at once returned and rejoined him at Washington.
Hostilities were now brought rapidly to a close throughout the entire theater of war. April 11, Canby compelled the evacuation of Mobile.
By the 21st our troops had taken Selma, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, West Point, Columbus, and Macon.
May 4, Richard Taylor surrendered the Confederate forces east of the Mississippi.
May 10, Jefferson Davis was captured; and on the 26th Kirby Smith surrendered his command west of the Mississippi.
Since April 8, 1680 cannon had been captured, and 174,223 Confederate soldiers had been paroled.
There was no longer a rebel in arms, the Union cause had triump