all-day or all-night march which had placed them in a position of advantage, failed to show a trace of that enthusiasm and élan which characterized the earlier days of the campaign.
This result was not due to moral causes only.
Physically the troops were dead-beat, from the exertions and privations of the preceding two months.
[no. 82. see page 715.] [Private.] Headquarters of Tie Army, Washington, July 3, 1864. Lieut.-Gen. U. S. Grant, City Point, Va.:
General:--Your note of the 1st instant in relation to General Butler is just received.
I will, as you propose, await further advices from you before I submit the matter officially to the Secretary of War and the President.
It was foreseen from the first that you would eventually find it necessary to relieve General B. on account of his total unfitness to command in the field, and his generally quarrelsome character.
What shall be done with him, has therefore, already been, as I am informed, a matter of consultation.