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adapted to our purpose, and with slight paratively small force; and in about ten forth again. I feel no doubt whatever as ht them over so long and well that they Augusta untouched on purpose, because ay objective point, after we cross the Sagusta or Charleston, and will naturally e either on Branchville or Columbia, by best supplies, breaking up in our course ignoring Charleston and Augusta both, I len, pausing there long enough to observe r the Charleston & Wilmington Railroad, d Cape Fear Rivers, and, if possible, comdmiral Dahlgren (whom I find a most ting himself to our wishes and plans). Wilmington, in the belief that Porter and ndertaking. Charleston is now a mere th the time it would take to starve it out. and politically, much importance is atthat, apart from its military importance, ay prefer I should give it more attention; ve me some general idea on that subject, have expressed, as a point of little imporg into the interior have been destroyed or thesis of ignoring Charleston and taking movement direct on Raleigh. The game omes out of Richmond, avoids you and reckon on your being on his heels. Now
feel disposed to bring the matter to an confident that I can break up the whole and North Carolina, and be on the Roby the time spring fairly opens; and, if hip Lee outside of his intrenchments, I andle him in the open country.
Charleston is this: that I believe Hardee force, with plenty of provisions; I know can be made impregnable to assault, and operations.
nh's garrison, and, if Thomas can spare achments, convalescents, etc., belonging to once. I do not want to cripple Thomas, all-important, and I have ordered him to trusting to the country for supplies.