“The Wilmington expedition has proven a gross and culpable failure”

Someone must be held accountable for the failure of the Wilmington expedition.  I wrote President Lincoln,

CITY POINT, VA., December 28, 1864-8.30 p.m.

A. LINCOLN,

President of the United States:

The Wilmington expedition has proven a gross and culpable failure. Many of the troops are now back here. Delays and free talk of the object of the expedition enabled the enemy to move troops to Wilmington to defeat it. After the expedition sailed from Fort Monroe three days of fine weather was squandered, during which the enemy was without a force to protect himself. Who is to blame I hope will be known.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 13, p 177-8

O.R., I, xlii, part 3, p 1087