Information gleaned from enemy newspapers indicates that Columbia and Charleston SC have fallen to Sherman’s army. I wrote Gen. Meade,
CITY POINT, VA., February 20, 1865.
Rebel papers of Saturday gave full particulars of Sherman’s entrance into Columbia on the morning of the 17th instant, and said they supposed the evacuation of Charleson had already commenced. I will have the bulletin prepared for Washington sent to you every evening hereafter. Deserters on Ord’s front have been on the increase since the return of the Peace Commissioners; they have been more numberous on his front than on yours so far.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 13, p 452
O.R., I, xlvi, part 2, p 597