ver project, he says:
So long as your plans are not positively decided upon, no definite instructions can be given to Sherman and Steele.
The best thing, it would seem, to be done under the circumstances is for you to communicate with them and also with Admiral Porter in regard to some general co-operation all agree upon; what is the best plan of operations if the stage of water in the river and other circumstances should be favorable.
If not, it must be modified or changed.
As Captain Cuttle would say: Here is an opinion as is an opinion, and it would have been well if Banks had followed Halleck's advice; but, whatever the General's consultations were with others, he never deigned to consult with the Admiral, and paid no attention to his opinions.
About the time that Halleck began to agitate his plan for the invasion of Texas, all the armies of the West had been placed under command of General Grant, and the latter had conceived the idea of sending Sherman through the Sou