rst at one point and then at another, and that, by continuously hammering against their armies, he would destroy both them and their sources of supply.
To carry out this idea, 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 Butler he wrote:
You will collect all the forces from your command that can be spared from garrison duty . . . to operate onButler he wrote:
You will collect all the forces from your command that can be spared from garrison duty . . . 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 in the spring campaign, to work all the parts of the army together, and somewhat toward a common center. . . . You, I propose to move against Johnston's army, to break it up, and to get into the interior of the enemy's country as far as you can, inflicting all the damage you can against their war resources.
To Meade he