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William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 11: (search)
Chapter 11: The March to the Sea did Grant or Sherman plan it? Did General Sherman originate the idea of the March to the Sea? This is a question which he makes very prominent in hhapter devoted to the question of planning the March to the Sea, are these: Hood having moved up first time that General Grant assented to the March to the Sea, and, although many of his warm friument to show that General Sherman planned the March to the Sea, and that General Grant and the authis order as if it read: Go on and execute the March to the Sea, which you have originated, when, iaccordance with his theory that he planned the March to the Sea. Speaking of Hood's movement to hi first time that General Grant assented to the March to the Sea. And yet, on November 1st, as aptch of November 2d was his first assent to the March, he had really given such assent three weeks s not only show that General Grant planned the March to the Sea which was finally executed, but als[2 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 12: (search)
hat the men that were in Savannah will be lost, in a measure, to Jeff. Davis, for the Georgia troops under G. W. Smith declared they would not fight in South Carolina, and they have gone north en route for Augusta; and I have reason to believe the North Carolina troops have gone to Wilmington; in other words, they are scattered. But these reflections will scarcely break the force of Mr. Stanton's words, heretofore quoted, from a dispatch to General Grant: It is a sore disappointment that Hardee was able to get off his fifteen thousand from Sherman's sixty thousand. It looks like protracting the war while their armies continue to escape. It might be supposed that in treating of the Savannah campaign after the lapse of so many years, General Sherman would not introduce matter reflecting upon Thomas, whose victory at Nashville furnished the only justification for the March to the Sea. How far he does violence to so charitable a supposition will appear in another chapter.
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 13: (search)
ed, in case the enemy made, a general advance, to fall back slowly toward Nashville, fighting till he should be reenforced by General Thomas in person. General Sherman also knew well that only a portion of the veteran reenforcements ordered to General Thomas had succeeded in reaching Nashville the day of the battle of Franklin, and that the rest did not arrive till the day succeeding that battle. Among the last dispatches he sent to General Thomas at Nashville, before starting on the March to the Sea, was this order, dated October 31st: You must unite all your men into one army and abandon all minor points if you expect to defeat Hood. And the very last dispatch, before starting south, was one notifying Thomas of his belief that all information seemed to indicate that Beauregard (Hood) would attempt to work against Nashville: I can hardly believe that Beauregard would attempt to work against Nashville from Corinth as a base at this stage of the war, but all inform
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 14: (search)
eneral Grant at one time considered the situation so dangerous that he thought of going to Nashville in person, but General John A. Logan, happening to be at City Point, was sent out to supersede General Thomas; luckily for the latter, he acted in time, gained a magnificent victory, and thus escaped so terrible a fate. The full correspondence relating to this subject is not only interesting, but it throws much new light upon General Sherman's account of the movements connected with the March to the Sea. General Thomas was in Nashville directing the concentration of his army. General Schofield was in command at the front. The great object was to hold Hood back until all available forces could be united to meet him, and the remount of the cavalry accomplished. Under these circumstances, and a week before the advance of A. J. Smith's troops arrived at Nashville, the enemy had reached Columbia, and his large force of cavalry under Forrest was becoming very active. At this tim
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 20: (search)
r that no reader would dream of its being a great surprise, and well nigh serious disaster; but the records disclose an army, plunged by the flank against an enemy in position behind heavy works, on the supposition that Atlanta was evacuated, suddenly and unexpectedly attacked by the enemy upon its left and rear, before it had ceased to exult over the announcement from Sherman that the enemy had abandoned Atlanta, and his order for a vigorous pursuit. While he claims that he originated the March to the Sea, and had it in his mind's eye by the 21st of September, the records prove that Grant had planned the campaign through to Mobile in the previous January, notified Halleck of it on the 15th of that month, Thomas on the 19th, and that in February Thomas was arranging the details of the move as far as Atlanta. The records show further, that on the 10th of September Grant suggested a move from Atlanta on Augusta or Savannah, instead of Mobile, since the control of the latter had passe