“I think Lee now would only be weakened by re-enforcements”

I wrote Gen. Halleck,

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES, City Point, June 28, 1864-10 a. m.

Major-General HALLECK,
Washington, D. C.:

Please telegraph General Sherman that he can move his army independent of the desire which he has expressed of detaining all of Johnston’s army where it is.

I think Lee now would only be weakened by re-enforcements. He has force enough to act defensively behind his intrenchments, and any addition would only consume supplies, which he must find it difficult to transport. Every road leading from Richmond is now destroyed, and the Danville road so badly, I hope, as to take a long time for its repair.  The Weldon road we can keep destroyed.

Is Foster doing anything? I see from the Petersburg papers that Sam. Jones has called upon the citizens far and rear to rally to Augusta, Ga., to protect that place from a formidable array, which now threatens it. I do not know the geography of the South Carolina coast, but it seems to me that Foster has a force to do the enemy great injury in the present hollow condition of the interior of the South.

Has A. J. Smith started yet after Forrest? I am afraid Sherman will have difficulty with his communications it Forrest is not kept busy.




The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 11, p 141-2

O.R., I, xl, part 2, p 475

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