ns to secure the railroad to his rear, and as far forward as Chattanooga. * * * *
On the 1st of November I telegraphed very fully to General Grant [General Sherman does not give this dispatch], ango.
The overestimates of Thomas' forces, and underestimates (if Hood's were as follows:
November 1st Sherman telegraphed Grant (the dispatch not being given in the Memoirs), that Hood's force wa the force Sherman said he had left him, could destroy Hood.
This telegram was in reply to one of November 1st, given just above, mis-stating Thomas' available force.
After saying he had telegrapheer 2d] was the first time that General Grant assented to the March to the Sea.
And yet, on November 1st, as appears in a dispatch to General Grant, given in one of General Sherman's published reporth and make a hole in Georgia and Alabama that will be hard to mend.
I will, probably, about November 1st, break up the railroads and bridges, destroy Atlanta, and make a break for Mobile, Savannah,
eneral Thomas through the misrepresentations he himself had made to General Grant of Thomas' force, in the dispatch of November 1st, and others of a similar purport.
After narrating the demand on Hardee to surrender Savannah, his refusal and subseobject was to procure General Grant's permission to march for the sea without first destroying Hood.
From Resaca on November 1st, he telegraphed Grant as follows:
As you foresaw, and as Jeff. Davis threatened, the enemy is now in the full tide apparent, the Memoirs present the estimate given below of Thomas' strength, which agrees neither with the dispatch of November 1st, already quoted, nor with the fact as recorded in the official records.
A summing up of the statement will show thate force present at the battle of Nashville was fifty-five thousand four hundred and seventy-two, while the dispatch of November 1st fixed it at from sixty-three to seventy thousand.
Says General Sherman, Vol.
II, page 162:
He then had at Nash
is official acts.
It was not an order that he would for a moment forget.
And yet, while speaking in his annual report of these same Chiefs of Staff Corps, Departments, and Bureaus, General Sherman said:
The heads of these departments reside in Washington, and submit annually a written report of their operations for the past year.
It so happened that I was Secretary of War during the month of October, when by law these reports were made in order to reach the Public Printer by the first of November, and I required all the annual reports to be addressed, like all other military reports, to the Adjutant-General for the perusal of the General of the Army, who could make use of such information as they contained, and then lay them before the Secretary of War.
This is, in my judgment, the course that should always be pursued-though a different one has heretofore prevailed — for otherwise we would have the absurdity of a general commanding an army with his chief staff officer reportin