I have learned that Gen. Bragg’s army in North Carolina has been called to Georgia to deal with Sherman. This gives us a great opportunity for our planned attack on Ft. Fisher, on the coast of North Carolina. I wrote Adm. Porter,
CITY POINT, VA., November 30, 1864 – 10 p. m.
Admiral D. D. PORTER,
Southern papers show that Bragg with a large part of his force has gone to Georgia. If we can get off during his absence we will stand a good chance, not only to carry Fort Fisher, but to take Wilmington. The troops will be ready to start the moment you are ready.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 13, p 36
O.R., I, xlii, part 3, p 750