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hope of Lee was in heavy reinforcements from Beauregard (which I knew was futile), then it was plain that I should carry out my instructions, secure my base at Bermuda Hundred, and move as far up the James as possible, to co-operate with the Army of the Potomac in its investment of Richmond. Lieutenant-General Grant, in his report to the country, made fifteen months afterwards, gives a different account of the victories, full retreats, and rapid pursuit, of the days from the 6th to the 9th of May. It is not true that he had not determined his route on the 8th, assuming his now report to be true; for he says that on the 7th, I determined to push on, and put my whole force between him and Richmond; and orders were at once issued for a movement by his (the enemy's) right flank. This would bring General Grant to the James, below Richmond. Extract from General Grant's Official Report, pp. 6, 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Battle of the Wilderness was renewed by us at 5
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