“Rebel papers of Saturday gave full particulars of Sherman’s entrance into Columbia”

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.

Major-General MEADE:

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,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 13, p 452

O.R., I, xlvi, part 2, p 597

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