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mes as the left wing, the Army of the Potomac as the center, and the troops operating under General Sherman as the right wing; all other troops being considered as cooperative columns.
He believed tdea, orders were given to the various commanders — on the 2d of April to Butler; on the 4th, to Sherman, and on the 9th, to Meade.
In all these orders the same general ideas were expressed.
To Butly . . . to operate on the south side of James River, Richmond being your objective point.
To Sherman he wrote:
It is my design, if the enemy keep quiet and allow me to take the initiative inuarding Richmond, while that of Johnston was at Dalton, in the northern part of Georgia, facing Sherman and defending Atlanta, a great railroad center and a point of concentration of supplies for theCity Point, threatening Petersburg.
The army in the Shenandoah valley had already started, and Sherman was about to move.
As the Army of the Potomac was marching through the Wilderness it was att