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ted fully to the authorities. General Halleck then telegraphed General Grant as follows: Washington, December 21, 1863, 4:30 P. M. Major-General U. S. Grant. As I understand from your dispatch of the 7th, and from conversation with Mr. Dana, you propose: 1. To expel the enemy from East Tennessee, and to provide against his return into that valley. 2. To either force the rebels further back into Georgia or to provide against their return by that line into Tennessee. 3. To ccided upon, and you will understand that I have somewhat exceeded my instructions from the Secretary of War in this communication, especially in the second branch of it, but it seems to me necessary that you should know all these particulars. C. A. Dana. While all the records show that General Grant planned that Atlanta campaign which was finally executed, and that from its inception, it was in his mind a march to the sea, designed to divide the Confederacy; it is also true that this qu