his army over James River, and seize Petersburg, hoping thus to cut off all the Confederate supplies, except by the canal; while his cavalry could be sent to Charlottesville and Gordonsville, to break up the railroad connection between Richmond and the Shenandoah Valley and Lynchburg.
On the 12th June, Grant completed his prepampaign.
That campaign was dictated by Grant.
It indicated the extension of the auxiliary movement against Richmond to as many points as Staunton, Lynchburg, Charlottesville and Gordonsville — the general design being to cut the communications of Richmond, in view of which Hunter was to move on the point that best invited attack. his guns, pursued him to Salem, and forced him to a line of retreat into the mountains of Western Virginia. Gen. Grant wrote: Had Gen. Hunter moved by way of Charlottesville, instead of Lexington, as his instructions contemplated, he would leave been in a position to have covered the Shenandoah Valley against the enemy, should the