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Chapter 2: the overture. Grant's general plan involved an alternative: to cut Lee's communications or turn the right flank of his entrenched line, and in case
troops by the necessity of meeting our assault on their right.
The scope of Grant's intentions may be understood from an extract from his orders to Sheridan, Mar o this army or go on into North Carolina and join General Sherman. . ..
General Grant evidently intended to rely more on tactics than strategy in this opening.
ome out of his entrenchments and fight on equal terms.
Sherman says he and General Grant expected that one of them would have to fight one more bloody battle.
He a at Goldsboro was strong enough to fight Lee's army and Johnston's combined, if Grant would come up within a day or two.
Sherman's Memoirs, vol.
II., p. 325. Thi -Sheridan, Meade, and Ord commanding the Army of the James, subordinate only to Grant who was present in the field.
The result of this the sequel will show.