eavy force far to the west upon Lee's communications; or, if it were determined to capture the place à main forte, by making a massed attack upon some point in the center after suitable mining operations had weakened Lee's defenses and prepared for such an operation.
But the end was to come with opening spring.
To the farsighted, this was no longer doubtful.
The South must succumb to the greater material resources of the North, despite its courage and its sacrifices.--Colonel T. A. Dodge, U. S.A., in A Bird's-eye view of Our Civil war.
During the winter of 1864-65, General Lee, fighting Grant without, was fighting famine within.
The shivering, half-clad soldiers of the South crouched over feeble fires in their entrenchments.
The men were exposed to the rain, snow, and sleet; sickness and disease soon added their horrors to the desolation.
The finances of the Government were almost gone.
The life of the Confederacy was ebbing fast.
Behind Union breastworks, early in 1865,